An AC/DC fan’s wildest dreams have come true.
Steve McNeil, a Canadian postman/referee and avid AC/DC follower, wanted to raise money for charity by completing a marathon skating challenge.
McNeil was attempting to collect funds for the Alzheimer’s Society by skating for 19 hours and 26 minutes in multiple cities across Canada.
The marathon fundraiser was inspired by his mother Eunice, who died in 2013 after living with Alzheimer’s for 20 years. The 19:26 time is to honour the year of her birth, 1926.
McNeil’s journey received a huge boost when AC/DC mainstay Angus Young caught wind of the campaign. The rocker donated $19,260 Canadian to programs across the country.
AC/DC has also been affected by brain disorders: guitarist Malcolm Young passed away in 2017 after a battle with dementia.
During the entire duration of his skate, McNeil has the “Back In Black” musicians blasting through his headphones.
McNeil started his tour on December 15 in Toronto before heading to Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, and Winnipeg… all seven Canadian NHL cities.
“It’s been pretty incredible in all the cities,” McNeil said in an interview with CBC. “None of these cities know about me the day before I get there, but they’re all talking about me the day after I leave.”
Follow along with Steve’s journey on his Twitter account – @1926skate.