Hike, feast and fundraise for Hospice North Hastings

Pledge sheets are ready for the annual HBGClogo2013ike for Hospice and it’s worth collecting sponsorship early.

The annual event brings together those who like to hike with those who like to eat and this year Hospice North Hastings also invites those who like to travel.

The hike happens on Sunday Oct. 5 at the beautiful Bancroft Golf Course. Registration and warm-up starts at 3pm and the walk, ride or run through the golf course gets going at 3:30pm. Don’t forget you can actually bring your dog on this Hike!!

This year, as a way of recognizing outstanding fundraisers, WestJet has partnered with Hospice North Hastings to provide the gift of flight. Anyone who raises $1,000 or more for the Hike for Hospice will be entered in a draw to win two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies. This is a great reason to grab your pledge sheet and start collecting sponsorship early. There will also be great prizes for the best team and more.

The hike is a great community event. Tim Hortons coffee will be available this year along with a delicious selection of cookies to keep the hikers moving. In partnership with Tim Hortons, Hospice North Hastings is offering reusable cup holders that fit a Timmy’s cup perfectly.

Hikers will certainly work-up an appetite while enjoying the beautiful fall colours and that appetite will come in handy for the Chili Fest that starts at 5pm.

Chili Fest is open to anyone – not just hikers. We’re offering over 15 varieties of chili and some other delicious surprises for those who want to share some hearty food with others from the community. The cost of Chili Fest for those not doing the Hike is $10.

The Hike for Hospice is an incredibly important fundraiser for Hospice North Hastings. Our unique rural, residential hospice provides end of life care to those in need as well as providing support for family members. We provide care in the community or in our two-bed Hospice House. Our program receives no health care dollars and fundraising makes it possible to deliver programming and services to North Hastings residents free of charge.

Hospice North Hastings also operates a medical equipment loan program that provides things like canes, crutches, bath seats, commode chairs and walkers on a short term basis, again, free of charge. Hospice staff clean, repair and maintain all the equipment.

Hospice North Hastings also operates the popular R&R Support program for those that caregivers and clients that need a break. The program runs once a week and offers yoga, reiki, relaxation, massage, art therapy and lunch. Fundraising dollars pay for this program so that there is no charge to the participants.

The Hike for Hospice offers an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and share a meal with others in the community and fits into our desire to add life to our days. Your participation provides support for others who are in need.

The Hike for Hospice will be at the Bancroft Golf Course on Sunday Oct. 5 with registration and warm-up at 3pm. Registration is $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 13 years of age. Chili Fest starts at 5pm and costs $10.

Pledge sheets are available now at the Hospice North Hastings Office at 27 Bridge Street East between 9am and 3pm Monday through Friday.

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