Fraser Canyon Hospice Society is hosting its seventh annual Hike for Hospice on Sunday.
The goal of the event is to raise funds and awareness about the non-profit organization and its programs. There are two rooms dedicated to hospice care at Fraser Canyon Hospital and the society hosts a camp for 25 children in grief, free of charge, every year in September at Camp Squeah. The children spend the weekend taking part in a variety of activities, including sports, crafts, music, and swimming.
“Many have no other outlet if the family has suffered a devastating loss and all are suffering immense grief,” said Leah Romano, Hike for Hospice committee member. “We cannot take away one’s pain but we can lessen it and let them know someone cares and understands. Grief is very complicated and each individual deals as best they can, but sadly life goes on for others.”
The seventh annual Hike for Hospice will take place rain or shine in Memorial Park on May 27. Registration and entertainment provided by the Hope Community Choir and Rose McGraw begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by a warm up at 1:45 p.m. The hike kicks off at 2 p.m., with a two kilometre or five kilometre route along the perimeter of town. There will also be face painting and prize draws in Memorial Park following the walk.
Registration is $10 for individuals or $30 for a family of four. Each walker registered will receive a T-Shirt.
“We encourage all ages and all abilities to participate, and pets are allowed so there is no reason not to be there,” said Romano.
Last year, more than 170 people generated a record $9,400 for the Fraser Canyon Hospice Society. The Hike for Hospice has raised a total in excess of $43,000 over the last six years.