John Hillman (Carlton House of Oak Bay/Facebook)

Oak Bay’s John Hillman is getting his steps in.

Over halfway through his annual feat, Hillman is tying his shoes and walking laps around his retirement home in hopes of raising $103,000 for those fleeing war-torn countries like Ukraine.

The World War II veteran turned 103 in March, so it’s only fitting he’s walking 103 laps around the Carlton House courtyard over ten days, crossing the finish line this Friday, May 13th.

According to Jacqueline Prewett, digital marketing manager at Carlton House, Hillman is “a very inspirational person” for his military service past and his commitment to helping others.

She says the community has come out in full force supporting Hillman, with local police officers, firefighters and school children cheering him on from the sidelines. 

He even received a special letter from Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch last week, recognizing his dedication to service.

“I want to be like John when I grow up,” Prewett told Victoria Buzz with a laugh.

“He’s 103, and he’s undertaking this huge endeavour completely selflessly for kids who need help. After hearing John’s story, I’ve heard many people say that they need to pull up their own socks and do more good in the world.”

John kicked off week two with special guests from the Oak Bay Police Department, who walked ten laps with him and…

Posted by Carlton House of Oak Bay on Monday, May 9, 2022

All for a good cause

Previously, Hillman held walking fundraisers in 2020 and 2021, when he turned 101 and 102 respectively and to date has brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars 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.

As of Tuesday afternoon, over $61,000 has been raised through Hillman’s 2022 Save the Children campaign. To donate, visit this website.

Three cheers for the Oak Bay Fire Department! These folks came to walk with John on Friday. Thanks to the whole group for showing your support and for making the walk so much fun for the kids!

Posted by Carlton House of Oak Bay on Monday, May 9, 2022

Yesterday the Kindergarten class from St. Christopher's Montessori came to walk with John Hillman. The experience was simply joyful! St. Christopher's Montessori School-Oak Bay

Posted by Carlton House of Oak Bay on Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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