Hike for Hospice planned

Published on March 31, 2013
Kings County News


Everyone is welcome to join in on a walk along the historical rail bed now known as the Kentville Trail System and the Cornwallis River Greenway.  The hike will start at 2 p.m. at the KCA School in Kentville, with check in and warm up between noon and 2 p.m.   

The Hike will proceed six kilometres to Coldbrook Heritage Hall on Lovett Road, with stopping points along the way for those who prefer a shorter hike. Hikers are encouraged to collect pledges and use the online fundraising tools available at www.valleyhospice.ca/events .  Organizers welcome everyone on the hike and have suggested each hiker raise a minimum of $20 to participate. 

A social, refreshments and prizes will follow the hike.

The staff of Grant Thornton in Kentville have chosen to partner with the Hike as a way to honour the memory of their friend and colleague, Virginia Smith. 

“Virginia and I spent most of our lunch hours walking and talking … sharing life stories,” says Pat Butler of Grant Thornton. “When we heard about the Hike for Hospice, we knew it was a perfect way for us to get involved.”

The funds raised this year will go towards the Our Community Our Health campaign, in particular the proposed Hospice and Palliative Care Centre.

The campaignaims to raise $8 million to fund several projects at Valley Regional Hospice, including the emergency department, chemotherapy unit, addictions and mental health facilities and the Hospice and Palliative Care Centre.  Close to $6.7 million has been raised so far.

May 5 marks the beginning of National Hospice Palliative Care Week.

For more information or to register for the Hike, visit www.valleyhospice.ca/events, call at 365-1701 extension 3471 or e-mail d.sanford@valleyhospice.ca.