The Sea to Sky Hospice Society is honouring National Hospice Palliative Care Week with its annual Hike for Hospice event throughout May.
National Hospice Palliative Care Week is May 7 to 13 this year, but the society is raising awareness and funding through its 17th annual Hike for Hospice event throughout the entirety of May. What’s more, those interested in fundraising can choose a variety of activities to get involved this year.
“We invite you to hike, bike, golf, walk or simply get active for hospice and make a difference,” reads the website about the event.
The Squamish-based society offers “compassionate care to those facing life limiting illness or those experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one,” said Leslie de Bie, executive director of the Sea to Sky Hospice Society. “We are not funded by the government and rely on our fundraising initiatives and donations to support these services.”
The society invites locals to participate by making individual donations or forming a team and building your own fundraising page. The goal this year is to raise $40,000. The top fundraiser will earn an overnight stay at Whistler’s Nita Lake Lodge
There will also be a chance to bid on items through an online silent auction, which will be open from May 13 to 27, to raise funds for the society.
Plus, to finish the month of fundraising, the society will host a celebration at O’Siyam Pavilion and Junction Park on May 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. which will have food and music for all ages.
“There are many younger persons diagnosed with cancer these days, and in our community there are many deaths that come from tragic accidents in addition to those diagnosed with a terminal illness,” de Bie said.
To learn more about the event or the society, please visit SeaToSkyHospice.ca.