The Rain Held off so We Could all Hike for Hospice Palliative Care!
By almost every measure Hike for Hospice 2016 was a resounding success. All reports are that everyone who attended enjoyed their afternoon immensely. Even the weatherman couldn’t slow us down – the rain held off with just a few sprinkles here and there. Over ninety hikers came out to hike for hospice palliative care in our community and help Bruce Peninsula Hospice (BPH) raise over $23,000!
There were three hike sites this year on the Bruce Peninsula including Lindsay Tract Trails, Wiarton and Oliphant.
Some teams hiked in memory of loved ones, such as “Team Mamaw”, who raised over $1,200 in memory of hospice volunteer mother and grandmother, Karole Hay.
Guest speakers spoke of how much the support from hospice volunteers meant to them in caring for their loved one, how learning about hospice palliative care made end-of-life discussions so much easier and how they had learned so much, and met life-long friends, in the bereavement support group. BPH representatives also shared how we have provided hospice and bereavement services to approximately eighty individuals and their families in our area in the past twelve months.
Hikes included a trip to the Corran, a meander along Stairway to Heaven and a walk to the lakeshore.
Participants then returned to the sites for some warm drinks, great sandwiches, goodies and a chance to win one of many great prizes.
BPH wishes to thank each and every volunteer for helping out on the day with registration, food exercises, for the hike leaders who brought us back safely, the local businesses who donated prizes and all the organizations that helped make the day possible. And a special thank you to our amazing Hike Team Captains and all the hikers who reached out to help raise the tremendous support received. Bruce Peninsula Hospice could not have done this without their support and willingness to give us a Sunday afternoon. Thank you so much! In fact, everyone did such a terrific job we can’t wait till next year!
WITH OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION!!!
What Is Hike for Hospice Palliative Care
Hike for Hospice Palliative Care is a unique national fundraising event across Canada that brings together organizations working together in hospice palliative care to raise funds and awareness in their community!
Who Benefits from Hike for Hospice Palliative Care?
Hike for Hospice Palliative Care works towards raising much needed funds for hospice palliative care in Canada. Funds raised through the Hike help to ensure that more Canadians receive the end-of-life care they wish for. On average, 252,000 Canadians die each year. Hospice palliative care programs allow patients to gain more control over their lives, manage pain and symptoms more effectively, and provides support to family caregivers.
Hike for Hospice Palliative Care also helps to raise awareness for the many challenges faced by hospice palliative care programs and services and to promote and celebrate the phenomenal work that all volunteers and professionals in the field perform daily.
Funds raised through Hike for Hospice Palliative Care stay in the community in which they are raised allowing for a direct impact to local service. Most residential hospice palliative care programs are still funded at least 50% by charitable donations. Money raised through Hike for Hospice Palliative Care helps to ensure that these programs can continue to deliver good quality care to local patients and their families.
The money raised through the Hike is used in many ways, including: providing expert medical care for pain and symptom management, providing information about financial and legal services, planning with loved ones for a team approach to care, telephone counseling in crisis situations, respite care for caregivers and ongoing bereavement support.
Hike for Hospice Palliative Care is coordinated nationally by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Each participating Hike site organizes and hosts their unique local event. Thanks to our national sponsors, 100% of the funds raised in each community remain in that community.