Fundraiser for Homeless Veterans of Manitoba
From 5-10 June 2022, Shekhawat took part in the Jungle ultra marathon in the Amazon rainforest of Peru to raise funds for the homeless veterans of Manitoba. Jungle ultra is a self-supporting 230km breath-taking footrace through the Amazon. The jungle offered choking humidity, deep mud, heavy rain, dangerous wildlife, endless stream crossing, relentless hills, and swamps.
Shekhawat is a passionate educator, mountaineer, and ultra-runner. His core values are self-discipline, strengthening his mental resiliency, and giving back in abundance to the community. These values served him very well during his successful summit of Mount Everest in May 2019 and completing the 250km Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara Desert of Morocco in Oct 2021. The success of these goals fuelled Shekhawat to pursue even greater fundraising missions, which led to him choosing to support the Home For Heroes Foundation. Shekhawat believes that, “We have a moral responsibility to give back, and the best way is to link your goals to support fundraisers that are meaningful to you.”
To raise funds for the Homes For Heroes Foundation, Shekhawat created a five member team named "Team Amazon-2022". The Homes For Heroes Foundation’s mission is to integrate all our homeless military veterans into the community through building tiny home communities, with wrap-around social support services across Canada to end homelessness amongst Canadian military veterans. As many as 5,000 veterans are homeless and living on the streets in Canada. In Manitoba, around seven percent of Winnipeg’s homeless population are veterans. On 25th May, Homes for Heroes Foundation announced plans to build a new 20-home project in Winnipeg's Transcona neighbourhood. In addition to the 20 tiny homes built on a lot on Transcona Boulevard, the Kinsmen Veterans Village will feature a resource centre, two on-site counsellors, community gardens and recreation space.
“Team Amazon-2022” embarked on multiple challenges to raise funds for Manitoba veterans facing homelessness. On 19th Feb the team members ran a self-supported winter endurance race “Actif Epica” covering 45kms. On 27 Feb, they ran the hypothermic half marathon. On 19 March, the team completed 500 burpees in under 1 hour and 30 min. On the 15th of April, the team ran in the winter storm and completed over 250km. On 1st May Shekhawat ran 50km at Spruce Woods Provincial Park. To date, the team has raised $1638.
For more details on the Home For Heroes Foundation, click on the link: https://homesforheroesfoundation.ca/
To donate, go to Canadahelps.org/ fundraise/scroll and find fundraiser/ Team Amazon-2022
Or use the link to donate. Cut and paste the link on your browser: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/team-north-pole-2022/
Cpl Shekhawat is a full-time teacher in Winnipeg. He is also a member of Royal Winnipeg Rifles.