John Hillman

An Oak Bay man is getting ready to tie up his shoelaces and walk laps around his retirement home in hopes of raising $103,000 for those fleeing war-torn countries like Ukraine.

Second World War veteran John Hillman turned 103 in March, so it’s only fitting he plans to walk 103 laps around the Carlton House courtyard over ten days, starting May 2nd.

Hillman held walking fundraisers in 2020 and 2021, when he turned 101 and 102 respectively and to date has brought in over $214,884 for Save the Children.

Founded over a century ago, the global organization aids children and families affected by conflict, providing essential food, clean water and healthcare. 

“Many thanks to those of you who supported the children in 2020 and 2021. I encourage you to continue your good work again in 2022,” said Hillman.

“At 103 years of age, I am glad to say I am still around, fit and enthusiastic. I’m looking forward to my 103 trips around the Carlton House residence courtyard,” he added.

Staff at Carlton House say Hillman is an inspiration not only for his military service past, but also for his commitment to doing good and helping others regardless of his age.

They say children are invited to walk with him this year, in person or virtually, to make the most significant impact on children and families affected by conflict.

Anyone interested in participating is asked to contact Jacqueline from Carlton House at (250) 686-9303 or

To donate to Hillman’s Save the Children campaign, visit this website

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