A long time Wiarton resident transformed a birthday gathering of family and friends into an opportunity to make a significant contribution to Bruce Peninsula Hike for Hospice.
In honour of Dorothy Ironmonger’s eightieth birthday, those attending the celebration pledged funds to the seventh annual Hike for Hospice. Close to $1000. was raised and all of the monies will be used to fund hospice and bereavement programs in our local community.
When approached for comment, Dorothy said that each year her daughters and daughters-in-law gather for a special weekend. “Naturally, I was included”, she said with a laugh. This weekend occurred one week before the Hike. One of her daughters asked about her pledge sheet for the Hike for Hospice, wondering when it was due. When Dorothy replied that it was handed in earlier, the daughter said nothing. Later, the daughter obtained several more pledge sheets for the Hike. She then brought them to her mother’s birthday gathering. In lieu of gifts, each person was asked to consider making a pledge to support Bruce Peninsula Hospice. Dorothy said that, sometimes people attending birthday parties give donations to the Food Bank because “we really don’t need any more gifts. This party was just like that, but the donations went to the Hike.”
Bruce Peninsula Hospice thanks Dorothy Ironmonger and her family and friends for this unique method of raising much needed funds for hospice and bereavement services in our community. As her daughter said, “My mom is a beautiful woman with such a big, giving heart. We are proud to call her mom.” We too are proud to recognize Dorothy’s generous spirit and wish her belated best wishes for her birthday.