Westby family walks for a ride

Published on September 5, 2010
Dr. Don Westby walk

Published on 05 September 2010

Lise Melanson, left, Paula Westby, Dylan and Erin Westby, Dr. Don Westby is joined by Transport de Clare’s Claredon Robicheau, left, for a fundraising walk from Weymouth to Meteghan. Karla Kelly photo

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Dr. Don Westby walk

Published on 05 September 2010

It is thumbs up for progress as Paula Westby, left, Lise Melanson, Claredon Robicheau and Dr. Don Westby make use of the sidewalk outside of Saulnierville during their fundraising walk from Weymouth to Meteghan for Transport de Clare. Karla Kelly photo

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Dr. Don Westby walk

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The walk to Meteghan provides plenty of time for conversation for Transport de Clare’s Claredon Robicheau and Weymouth’s Dr. Don Westby. Karla Kelly photo

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Claredon Robicheau rides his wheelchair as he joins the Westby family during their fundraising walk for Transport de Clare. Karla Kelly photo

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Claredon Robicheau from Transport de Clare says riding along as the Westby’s complete their fundraising walk is his way to thank them for their support for the Society. Karla Kelly photo

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Dr. Don Westby listens to Claredon Robicheau as he talks about the importance of the Transport de Clare’s service to the area during a fundraising walk to Meteghan. Karla Kelly photo

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Lise Melanson, left, Paula Westby, son Dylan, Dr. Don Westby, daughter Erin and Transport de Clare Weymouth Division driver Donnie Beeler are all set for their fundraising walk to Meteghan Saturday morning. Karla Kelly photo

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By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

Family and friends of Dr. Don Westby of Weymouth joined him Saturday on a fundraising walk from the Weymouth Medical Center to Tim Horton’s in Meteghan.

The walk, an annual affair for the Weymouth physician, raised $3,000 for the Transport de Clare Society that recently extended into the Weymouth area. The society is a non-profit organization that provides safe, affordable and accessible transportation to members of the community.

Westby’s first walk was with his daughter, Erin. They walked from Weymouth to Digby as a challenge to exercise.

“Doctors Nova Scotia encourages the public to lead a healthy lifestyle and active living such as walking is one way to get healthy,” Westby said. “Our first walk was just for fun but Erin told me our next walk would be for a charity.”

For the next three years, the Westby family and friends walked the 31 kilometres from Weymouth to Meteghan, first for the IWK, then the new Medical Center in Meteghan, and last year for playground equipment at the new Weymouth Waterfront Library.

“This year, we decided to donate the proceeds from our walk to the Transport de Clare,” he said. “We were very pleased to have Claredon Robicheau, volunteer founder and executive director join us in Little Brook for the remainder of the walk.”

Westby began his walk to Meteghan at 8:30 am with his wife Paula, daughter Erin, son Dylan and friend Lise Melanson. Donnie Beeler drove Transport de Clare’s Weymouth van behind the group, which arrived at their destination at 3:45 pm.

Guy LeBlanc and 86-year-old Doug Kerrigan joined the group for a portion of the way and 14 members of the Acadian Peddlers, a cycling group from Clare, supported the fundraising efforts by cycling from Meteghan to Cape St. Mary’s and back.

Erin Westby said the walk this year was better than last and attributed its success to the community that helped make the event happen.

 “CIFA radio station was very supportive of our walk and we had such a great response from people and many stopped with donations along the way,” Westby said. “The Transport de Clare van certainly drew attention to our cause.”

Robicheau said the Transport de Clare Society was honoured to be chosen as a recipient of the Westby’s fundraising event and riding along in his wheelchair with the walkers was his way to thank Dr. Westby.

 “This donation is a big shot in the arm and the amount of support given for this fundraising event is an indication that people in our area feel this is a much needed service,” said Robicheau. “From March 2009 to March of this year we made 18 000 passenger trips and we weren’t even in Weymouth.”

The fundraiser will help with gas, tires, brake pads and insurance overhead added Robicheau.

“It was a very happy and thankful day for us.”