Morgan Whitford, Sarah Brunet, and Krystin Germain stand beside the tree of loved ones before heading out on the Hike for Hospice. (Alycia Douglass/TC Media)
CORNWALL, Ontario - This Sunday, roughly 250 participants dug out their raincoats and laced up their sneakers for the annual Hike for Hospice.
The event is part of nationwide effort which brings people together in support of their local hospice to raise both funds and awareness. While the rain held off for the hike, the brisk air was just enough to put a pep in the step of participants.
Beginning at the Cornwall Hospice, hikers headed west down Second Street toward the bike path, walking for roughly half an hour before heading back.
Carefor Fundraising Coordinator, Sandy Collette says that most participants have emotional ties to Hospice.
“It’s mainly family members who come out and participate and help us out,” said Collette.
Almost 30 walkers were participating with Amber’s Angels; a group organized in honour of Amber Hickey Brunet, who passed away in Hospice at the age of 14.
“Her mom organized it, and she’s been doing all kinds of events throughout the year to raise the money, so we’re anxious to see what they bring in,” said Collette.
Participants were encouraged to write down the name of the person they were walking for, decorating the grounds’ trees with names of loved ones.
While the forecast of rain may have been wrong, the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall was BBQing up a storm to wrap up the event.
Hoping to match the previous year’s total of $59,000, Collette says that all money raised stays in Cornwall and assists with the operational budget.
“It’s an annual event that kicks off Hospice Palliative Care Week,” said Collette. “In addition to our telethon, this is one of our largest fundraisers.”
To learn more about Hike for Hospice, check out their website.