A Very Successful 9th Annual Hike for Hospice Palliative Care

OTTAWA, May 10 /CNW/ - A record 1.5 million dollars was raised by hikers who participated in 100 different hikes across Canada in support of Hospice Palliative Care during the 9th Annual Hike for Hospice Palliative Care which took place on Sunday, May 1st.

Support for the 2011 Hike for Hospice Palliative Care continued to grow, with participants including Federal and Provincial Members of Parliament, municipal leaders and celebrities, such as Olympian Jared MacLeod, who was this year's guest of honour at the Hike in Sudbury, ON and Rob Cote, #26 of the Calgary Stampeders Football club, who celebrated his 3rd year as Hospice Calgary's (AB) Hike ambassador.

In Red Deer, AB $20,000.00 was raised in honour of a hospice resident who died just a few days after the hike. In Quebec, one hike site raised a record $200,000.00 in support of their local programs and overall close to $1 million dollars was raised through the National on-line hike website.

For many, the Hike is a way to remember and honor friends and family members. In Calgary, AB, a Hiker honours her mother through Lorrie's Legacy which was created in 2009 and has since raised $4,000.00 for Hospice Calgary. Many hike sites also enjoyed barbeques, silent auctions, face painting and live music. Even in Manitoba, hikers remained undeterred by a spring blizzard.

The next Hike for Hospice is planned for May 6, 2012 and will be the Hike for Hospice 10th Anniversary. Organizations interested in hosting a hike may contact the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association by phone at 1-800-668-2785 or by e-mail at info@chpca.net.

Organized as a national event, with Honorary Chair Peter Mansbridge, each Hike is hosted locally and 100% of the much-needed funds that are raised remain in support of their local communities.

Hike for Hospice Palliative Care is coordinated by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, the national association which provides leadership in hospice palliative and end-of-life care. Funding for the Hike is provided by its founding sponsor, The GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and through the support of Bayshore Home Health.

SOURCE Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

For further information:

Vanessa Sherry Linda Truglia
Communications Officer Project Coordinator (Hike for Hospice Palliative Care)
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
1-800-668-2785 ext. 229 1-800-668-2785 ext. 228

 


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