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Filmmaker Whelan getting some hometown help for her next project

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Sunshine Coast author and filmmaker Dianne Whelan is back home for a couple of days, as she gets ready for a new adventure.

There’s a fundraiser in Gibsons Friday night to help cover the costs of “500 Days in the Wild”, which will chronicle Whelan’s walk along the 24-thousand kilometers of the Trans Canada Trail.

Whelan says it’s a different project than her earlier work like “40 Days at Base Camp” which followed climbers on Everest.

Whelan says there’s a strong spiritual element to the Trans Canada Trail trek for her, as part of a search for a new vision of the country.  There’s also an interesting technical challenge.

The March 13th fundraiser will include a screening of “40 days at Base Camp”.

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It’s being organized by Gibsons Councillor Charlene San Jenko through her company PowHERhouse, after she was inspired to get involved by seeing Whelan at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts.

There’s more info at the PowHerhouse website.

Here’s News Director Sean Eckford’s full interview with Whelan

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