The 12th annual Hike for Hospice is set for the end of next month, with the event planned for May 29 at the Ferguson Forest Centre in Kemptville. The event, which is run by the Beth Donovan Hospice, also has a virtual option for those who can’t make it to the in-person event. The Hike is part of a national fundraising initiative which raises both money and awareness in support of local Hospice services. This year, participants will have the option of doing a 1km, 3km or 5km walk or run.
“The hike is an opportunity for individuals who have been touched by Hospice to celebrate and walk in memory or in honour of a loved one,” said a statement from the Hospice. “100% of funds raised remain in the community to support the services provided through Beth Donovan Hospice.”
There are different ways to participate in and support this year’s Hike. Individuals can sign up for the Hike, and then collect pledges from family, friends, colleagues, and online through the provided platform. Businesses can gather an entire team to participate, which opens up the opportunity to challenge other businesses to see who can raise more money, or to have such a competition between the business’ own team members.
There is also a sponsorship opportunity for businesses, with different levels of promotion and exposure provided for the business depending on the level of sponsorship.
Besides the exercise, exploration of a beautiful part of North Grenville, and the feeling of helping your community and honouring lost loved ones, there are other benefits to participating in this year’s Hike. These include receiving a Swag Bag of items donated by local businesses, prizes for the top fundraisers, and a boxed BBQ lunch to take home after completing the Hike. Another benefit is the return of Woofs and Wags, meaning participants can bring their dog along for the Hike. Those who post a picture of their dog when they register for the Hike online are eligible for a chance to receive a special “Doggie Swag Bag.”
“We want you to get active and raise much needed funds to support the Beth Donovan Hospice and its services,” said the Hospice statement. “Every dollar raised by the Hike for Hospice remains in our community to help offset the operational costs, and allow us to keep our programs and services free of charge.”
Those seeking more information, or wanting to register for this year’s Hike for Hospice, can call 613-258-9611, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Beth Donovan Hospice website at bethdonovanhospice.ca.