A walk to remember

Hike for Alzheimers sponsored by Oceanside Hospoice

The Oceanside Hike for Hospice is Sun.

The Oceanside Hike for Hospice is Sun.

Oceanside Hospice invites everyone to the annual Hike for Hospice, moved to the streets of Qualicum Beach this year.

Despite the blistery cold and rain last year the walk attracted about 30 people to Rathtrevor Park, but this year they hope the move into town will bring out more people.

The annual Walk to Remember starts and ends at hospice’s Valhalla house and loops through town with a pit-stop at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre

The walk is meant to raise money and awareness for hospice palliative care which helps relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying through compassionate community based support.

It coincides with National Hospice Palliative Care Week, May 1 to 7, which recognizes that 80 per cent of Canadians say they want quality hospice service at the end of their life but less than 15 per cent have that access.

Oceanside Hospice provides end of life supports through the tireless work of a large volunteer group, funded entirely by grants and donations, with all the funds raised staying in the community.

They invite everyone to form a team with friends, family coworkers and even “fido,” or just come out for the day of fun and exercise.

The walk is this Sunday, May 1, with registration starting at noon, a warm up with Eileen Payne at 12:30 and the gentle walk starting at 1 p.m.

Along with the pit-stop on route, there will be refreshments, the music of Peter Mason, a foot massage from volunteers and gifts from sponsors back at Valhalla afterward.

Pledge forms are available at Valhalla and online. Registration is $10 per person or $25 per group.

For information or to donate call 250-752-6227, stop by 210 Crescent Rd. West, or visit www.oceansidehospice.com.

Hike Route:

  

Valhalla house (210 Crescent Rd. West, QB)  — west along Crescent to Arbutus — up Arbutus to 1st Ave. — east on 1st Ave. to Jones and refresh at the Coast Realty Tent at Ravensong — up 2nd Ave. to Memorial and the final stretch — west along Crescent back to Valhalla.