02/05/2015 09:14 EST | Updated 04/07/2015 05:59 EDT

James Robertson, Detroiter who walks 34 km to work, getting free Ford

Detroit resident James Robertson, who spends hours walking to and from work every day, is getting a free car.

Just days after a newspaper ran a front-page article on his daily 34-kilometre commute to and from work, close to $300,000 has been raised in a crowdfunding campaign for the 56-year-old.

Blake Pollock, who brought Robertson's story to the attention of the Detroit Free Press, spoke to CBC's As It Happens on Wednesday night, and said a dealership will give Robertson a free car.

"He is going to receive his car in the next few days here," Pollock said.

"He's getting exactly what he wants, which is a Ford Taurus."

Pollock said Robertson calls the car "simple on the outside and tough on the inside," like him.

As for the money raised online, Pollock said a team of financial advisers is being set up to help Robertson with the money.

"He's never once said, 'When do I get the money? How do I get my hands on it?' He has told me that he wants a car."

Pollock said he asked Robertson, "'Do you want to be a driver?'"

He told Pollock, "Yes."