The local Dundas County Hospice held its annual Hike for Hospice event on May 1 which successfully raised funds for the organization’s important programming. This year’s Hike was both in-person and virtual so that people could participate in whichever way they felt most comfortable. The in-person event happened at the Chesterville Community Park, with the participants hiking about 5km through the town of Chesterville. Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Catherine Clement told the Times that the Hike went “great”, and that the weather was perfect. The participants were very enthusiastic and the event ended up raising nearly $10,000 which was more than expected.
The Hike for Hospice event raises money for many of the services which are offered by the Hospice free of charge, including bereavement resources and the day program. The Hike is therefore a true community event since it helps the Hospice support members of the community, often at times when they need it the most. “It’s also a national event,” Catherine said. “So as much as it raises us money, it’s also kind of about getting the awareness out to all of Canada that hospices exist, what we do, and why we are so important to the community.”
The Dundas County Hospice serves North and South Dundas and provides an “individualized approach to psychological, social, emotional, spiritual and practical support from diagnosis to end-of-life and during grief and bereavement.” The organization’s palliative, grief, and bereavement support services are available free of charge. Services available include volunteer visiting, the day hospice program, grief and bereavement support, caregiver supports, complementary therapies, and medical equipment and supplies. The Hike for Hospice event is one example of the types of fundraising efforts that allow these critical services to be provided for free. Other area hospices such as North Grenville’s Beth Donovan Hospice have held or will be holding their own Hike events this month as well.
The office of the Dundas County Hospice is located at 4353 County Road 31 in Williamsburg. The Hospice is always looking for dedicated volunteers to make its programming possible. Those wishing to learn more about Hospice services or get more information on becoming a volunteer can get in touch by email at [email protected], or by phone at 613-535-2215. Donations to the Hospice which support free community programming, can be made via the organization’s website at https://dundascountyhospice.ca/.