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“It is often said on the Camino that it is not the destination but the journey that is important… I completely agree.”

John Bettens

John is in his early 60’s and lives with two kinds of cancers – prostate cancer and follicular lymphoma.


In April 2011 John Bettens will commence a walk from Rome to Santiago de Compostela in the north-west of Spain, a pilgrim’s walk of about 3,000 kilometres. He will complete most of it alone. The route will take John up the west coast of Italy to Genoa. From there he will head west across the breadth of France, and upon reaching Spain take the northern way which follows the coastline along the Bay of Biscay. He expects to arrive in Santiago between July and August.

His aims are:

  • to raise $1 million towards the work of the Gawler Foundation
  • to raise awareness about holistic healing for those experiencing cancer, and the benefits of integrated care which values nutrition, meditation and belief in the path you choose.