Hike for Hospice draws local support

 

“Those who want to walk in support of Hospice care, well, they don’t let the weather stop them,” said Paul Renaud, board chair for the Dundas County Hospice.

National Hike for Hospice Day, held across Canada, was Sunday, May 1.

The Dundas County Hospice held its fourth annual Hike from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, starting at the beach in Morrisburg.

Through the efforts of area businesses, families, friends and teams, the Dundas County Hospice was able to raise over $4,000 from this year’s Hike.

Participants could choose either a 2K or a 5K route. 

Unfortunately, the weather, as has been the case for most of this spring, did not co-operate, with a cold rain fairly steady all day.

This, however, did not stop those who support Palliative care in this community, as Renaud pointed out.

“This is a major fund raiser for us,” said Lisa Casselman, executive director of the Hospice, who was manning the registration table with board members Sandra Jennings and Janet Moorhouse.

“One of our goals is to raise awareness about the hospice and about palliative care in our community. We were really happy to see so many come out to support us.”

This year 20 local businesses sponsored trail marker memorials which helped contribute $1,400 to the fundraiser.

The Hike fundraiser falls under the guidance of the national organization, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

Volunteers of all ages (including Morrisburg Public School students Mackenzie Dumoulin, Gracie Fairbairn and Leah Barkley) were on site as early as 7 a.m. to get the event rolling.

After their hike, participants could enjoy a barbecue and a piece of a beautiful cake, especially made for the Hike for Hospice.

“The Dundas County Hospice deeply appreciates the donors, walkers, sponsors, everyone who came out,” said Lisa Casselman. 

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