Peace Arch Hospice Society’s efforts to raise money in support of its programs to help terminally ill individuals and their families got a big boost earlier this month.
The 19th annual Hike for Hospice fundraiser returned in-person to Blackie Spit Park May 1, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
2022 marks the 40-year anniversary of Peace Arch Hospice Society, making this year’s event extra special.
Joining the fun were The Block Charitable Foundation & Geoff and Jolene Funke Foundation, who pledged to match the society’s goal for donations raised during the fundraiser, up to $20,000. Because of their contributions and those of the community, the $40,000 goal was topped.
Participants in the event were able to hike individually or as part of a team, by completing a one-, three- or five-km route on foot and raising money for the society.
The fundraiser is always a great opportunity for families to get together, even with their furry friends, the Peace Arch Hospice Society states on their site.
This year’s top individual earner was Leslie Pope and the top group earners were the Oceana Krakens, which were the Oceana PARC Retirement home.
Money raised will go towards providing free professional support to terminally ill residents and support for families and friends experiencing the difficulties that come with losing a loved one.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article contained figures taken from the Peace Arch Hospice website. The totals have since been updated and the article changed to reflect this.