Thunder Bay, Ontario, April 27, 2016 – On Sunday May 1st, the city of Thunder Bay will join thousands of Canadians as they come together to hike in support of hospice palliative care. 2016 marks the fifth year that Hospice Northwest has hosted this unique national event, which has been raising funds for end-of-life care and grief support services for the past 14 years.
Hospice Northwest Executive Director Joan Williams believes the Hike has been instrumental in raising much needed awareness and funds for Hospice Northwest. “Since the inaugural Hike was held in 2012, the registration numbers have grown steadily and the donations have doubled. The money raised through our local Hike stays in our community and helps to provide physical, emotional and social assistance to individuals and their families and loved ones at the end of life or those who are grieving. The Hike for Hospice is our most important fundraiser of the year.”
Since 1987, Hospice Northwest has provided companionship and support to over 1500 individuals in the district of Thunder Bay, but those services would not have been possible without the generous support of our compassionate community donors.
Hospice palliative care programs are still at least 50% funded by charitable donations, and families must bear part of the cost of dying at home, or in long-term care – almost anywhere outside a hospital. Hospice Northwest is working toward ensuring that more Canadians, especially in the district of Thunder Bay, receive the end-of-life care they wish for.
Early registration for the Hike for Hospice will be held at the Hospice Northwest office at 63 Carrie Street on Friday April 29 from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Hikers are asked to meet at St. Ignatius High School at 12:30 PM on Sunday May 1st for the Opening Ceremony, with the Hike starting at 1:45 at Boulevard Lake. This family-friendly event will feature a 3 km and 5 km walk around the lake, and will include great entertainment, face painting and clowns for the kids, a fun photo booth, a special remembrance ceremony and some wonderful prizes, including a WestJet trip for two.
To support or participate in Hike for Hospice Palliative Care, or for more information, please contact Kathleen Buso at 807-626-5570. Ext. 5573 You may also visit our website at www.hospicenorthwest.ca/hike-for-hospice