Hike for Hospice on track

Change of venue worked well for Hospice, hikers

KEN ALEXANDER

Observer Reporter

The Hike for Hospice, sponsored by the Quesnel &District Hospice Palliative Care Association, on May 7 was a resounding success.

Sherry Webster, Hospice executive secretary and fundraiser, says they decided to hold the event at Alex Fraser Park for the first time, and move paid great dividends.

“We were so pleased with the way it turned out. We raised more than $9,000.

“There was a lot of good support, as we doubled the number of walkers over last year – more than 60 hikers.”

Webster says she was really happy with the support of the Alex Fraser Park Society.

Noting it was a perfect day for the walk, Webster says it was sunny and a slight breeze.

The registration was at 11 a.m. and the walk started at noon.

They also had T-shirts commemorating the event. They were $10 for adults and free for children 12 years and under.

“Holding it at the park was perfect because there’s great parking. It was a bit more intimate because we walked as a group and finished as a group. We’ll definitely be holding it there again next year.”

Webster says they also fed the hikers with free hotdogs, chips, desserts, coffee and juice. RBC was the top team fundraiser – bringing in $1,000; top individual fundraisers included: Dwayne McKerlie, $1,100; Charlene Lawrence, $775; and Judy Monych, $405.

Webster says the event is an important fundraiser for Hospice.

“Last year, we raised $7,500 for special mattress which stops palliative patients from getting bed sores.

“This year, we got a request from G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital for leather recliners for the palliative patients and/or their family members to use in the room.”

She adds the $9,000 they raised at the Hike for Hospice will be used to purchase three recliners.