Hike for Hospice 2018 – A great community day!
Overcast and drizzle didn’t dampen the spirits of a group of dedicated, local hospice supporters who came out to Hike for Hospice on Sunday May 6th, raising $28,000.
Over 130 participants took to the streets and trails in Oliphant, Wiarton, Lion’s Head and Tobermory, in their shared effort to raise awareness and funds for Bruce Peninsula Hospice’s (BPH) local visiting hospice, community education and bereavement services. The Hike for Hospice kicks off National Hospice Palliative Care Week the theme of which is “Compassionate Communities”.
As individuals we hiked in memory of loved ones and celebrated our caring and compassionate community. Bruce Peninsula Hospice was honoured this year to hike in memory of Donna Baker and we remembered her contributions to both the Hike for Hospice and to our community with a display and photographs at the four locations. As Bruce Peninsula Hospice, we remembered the individuals we had the gift of serving and former volunteers Bernice Kristofferson of Tobermory, Carol Cairns of Mallory Beach, Laurine Gurr of Oliphant and Sandra Dorsch of Sauble Beach who died in the past year.
It was a particularly powerful moment hearing the personal testimony of guest speakers who had received Bruce Peninsula Hospice’s services. Family members Dana and Kathryn Carey in Wiarton expressed heart felt appreciation for the professionalism of BPH and for the compassionate presence provided by the visiting volunteer.
Dana shared, “It was phenomenal to witness the bond between the visiting volunteer and my mother in-law, and as a family, to enter into such a trusting relationship with our local hospice. We took care of mom at home for a number of months; it was a very trying time and they were a total blessing.”
In Lion’s Head, Donna’s daughter, Laurel Martin, shared how their mother prepared the entire family for her death and Mayor Milt McIver spoke of Donna’s many contributions to the community. In Tobermory, we heard how the choice of volunteer for a family’s loved one couldn’t have been more perfect—“they talk and laugh together and lose track of time”. Lastly, in Oliphant it was expressed how valuable the bereavement service was to the participant and the compassion they witnessed among the group.
There are so many stories of compassion in this community. Bruce Peninsula Hospice provided care to 95 people over the past year. When we hold up the goodness of others and value the work of dedicated volunteers, our community remains strong. And, as expressed by Dana and Kathryn Carey, it is good to know “there are angels on earth”.
Bruce Peninsula Hospice is grateful to the following local businesses and organizations for their help in making the 2018 Hike for Hospice a huge success:
Prize Donors and Participants:
|Deb Anderson||1-Up Fitness and Keim Barnes||Elaine Bell|
|Berford Street Bookstore & Bazaar||Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living||Bruce Peninsula Yoga and Nina Andic|
|Caframo||Dejong Acres||Designs by Brenda|
|Chris & Nellie From||Hellyer’s Foodland||His N Her’s Hairstyling|
|Home by Design||IDA Peninsula Pharmacy||Joanne Schaner|
|Josie’s Fashions||Julie Heinrichs||Lamblicious|
|Lion’s Head Friendship Club||Marydale’s Family Restaurant||Mckenzie’s Pharmacy|
|Milli and Thai Artisan Bath and Body||North Bruce Sign Company||Northern Confections|
|Peninsula Bruce Trail Club||Peninsula Pet Supplies||Peninsula Wine Cellar|
|Princess Hotel||Rachel’s Bakery & 50’s Diner||Rankin River Trading Co.|
|Sauble Beach Yoga and Elaine Tutte||Scott’s Home Hardware||Spa on Six|
|The Painted Turtle||The Source Wiarton||The Town of South Bruce Peninsula|
|The Wiarton Echo||Tobermory United Church||Wiarton Fitness Centre|