The family of Anton Pilipa must have feared the worst after five years had passed since the anti-poverty activist disappeared from his home in Canada. So imagine how relieved they must have felt when Helenice Vidigal, a Brazilian-Canadian police officer, got in touch with them to tell them the news that Mr Pilipa had been found alive and well in the Amazon. It turns out the 39 year old had been living homeless in northern Brazil after travelling through ten countries and clocking up a staggering 6,500 miles. He is believed to have lived off leftover food he retrieved from rubbish bins and fruit and berries that he scavenged. The Brazilian police picked him up but failed to get much information out of the former humanitarian worker who suffers from suspected schizophrenia. Step up Officer Helenice Vidigal who managed to track down his family back in Canada with the help of social media. His brother Stefan said “I feel amazed that he’s alive and had made it that far.” Stefan quickly set about organising flights and a passport to bring his brother home, while a Gofundme page raised $12,000 to help pay for his safe passage back home to Canada. Mr Pilipa however had some unfinished business with the law back home in Toronto, as back in January 2011 he was charged with assault and weapons offences but had disappeared before his court appearance. So on his return, he was arrested and released on bail. But it seems Anton is feeling positive about life, “I know that I am very lucky to be alive. I am very happy to be able to return to my family.” It’s never too late to start afresh.