LISTEN: Michael shares his next steps after completing his adventure
Michael Yellowlees, from Dunkeld, has just completed his trek across Canada with his Alaskan Husky Luna.
The pair crossed over 5,000 miles in their journey to raise money for Trees for Life who plant trees in the Scottish Highlands and work to conserve nature.
Over their journey, Michael attracted a lot of attention with his adorable companion Luna and his distinctive Scottish kilt. Drawing in a crowd, Michael and Luna raised CA$ 70,000.
Michael said: “The response has been amazing right from the word go in Canada. We had lovely messages from Nicola Sturgeon, we’ve also had a lovely letter from Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, sent us a letter of support, which was gorgeous.
“There’s such a shared connection between Scotland and Canada, with the amount of people that left the Highlands to go to Canada. So, it’s a huge Scottish connection here.”
The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, congratulated Michael by saying: “My best wishes on the successful completion of your incredible walk across Canada, Michael!”
Congratulating Michael, John Swinney, Perthshire North MSP, also said: “I warmly congratulate Michael on the astonishing feat of endurance he has accomplished in support of a cause to which he is devoted. Michael has demonstrated the power of individual action to raise awareness of this vital issue of our day.
“His commitment to restoring our natural environment is an inspiration to us all. I have had the privilege of knowing Michael and his family for many, many years. He is a shining example of the tenacity and inspiration that his family have brought to all they have done”.
Steve Micklewright, Chief Executive of Trees for Life, join in with the gratitude of the whole charity, saying: “We want to say a huge thank you to Michael for walking across Canada for the last nine months and raising so much money for our work rewilding the Highlands.
“His achievement has been amazing. His journey is a powerful reminder that rewilding offers hope for tackling the nature and climate emergencies, while benefitting people and local communities.”
The next step for Michael is to decompress and spend the next few months recuperating in Canada before heading back home to Highland Perthshire. Although Luna has other plans, Michael says she’s ready for her next adventure.
He explained: “She’s the same she is every day, she’s up in the morning and she’s like ‘come on, lets go for a walk’. I’m like, ‘I want to rest now.’”
“I’m actually going to stay in Canada for the winter. I’m going to stay here, just process it all, maybe do a little bit of writing about the year and then head back to Scotland, some point next, next summer.”
Their Just Giving page is still open for anyone who wants to support the adventure but might have only heard about the story now.
Michael added: “Just to say that we’re still keeping the fundraising page open. I’m going to leave it open for the next couple of months. Because people are just finding out about the story now.
“So, if anyone would like to donate our cause, please do.”
More information can be found on: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michaelandlunarewild