Hike for Hospice returns on May 6

Oceanside Hospice sponsors annual walking event to raise funds

Oceanside Hospice invites everyone to the annual Hike for Hospice, with a new route in Qualicum Beach.

The annual Walk to Remember starts and ends at hospice’s Valhalla house and loops through the community forrest.

The walk is meant to raise money and awareness for hospice and palliative care which provide physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical support to people living with life-limiting illnesses, as well as their loved ones, caregivers and the bereaved.

It coincides with National Hospice Palliative Care Week, May 6 to 12, 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 access to it.

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

There will be refreshments, prizes and entertainment by Jangano Marimba.

They suggest people donate their copper pennies and let them recycle them for you.

The walk is Sunday, May 6, with registration starting at 11 a.m. and the gentle walk starting at 12:30 p.m.

Pledge forms are available at Valhalla and online. For information or to donate call 250-752-6227, stop by 210 Crescent Rd. West, or visit www.oceansidehospice.com.

The route

 

Valhalla house (210 Crescent Rd. West, QB) — west along Crescent to Heritage Forrest — through forest to Hall Road — across highway to Judges Row — along Judges Row back to Crescent and back to Valhalla.