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(Image: Facebook, Carlton House, Oak Bay)

WHEN I GROW OLD AND WISE, and if I ever get to be 101 years old, I want to be like John Hillman. You may have seen the news about this gentleman, but if you haven’t, well, this story will warm your heart in a special way.

Mr. John Hillman is a veteran, British-born and Canadian by marriage, decorated with four World War II Campaign medals, including the Burma Star, and presently a resident of the retirement home Carlton House in Oak Bay on Vancouver Island. You can read about his life and outstanding service here. Mere sentences in that abridged biographical note can easily become entire chapters in a book.

Having just celebrated his 101st birthday, he set his mind to raise $101,000 for the children charity Save the Children Canada by pledging to do 101 laps at the retirement home with his walker. Mr. Hillman does five laps a day and he has so far raised $123,359! The fundraiser will keep on going until the end of June.

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Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at daniela.ginta@gmail.com, or through her blog at http://www.thinkofclouds.com.

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