Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association board members Carol Weremy and Melissa Gonzalez accept a $3,999 donation from Tim Hortons staff members. (Photo Submitted)

Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association board members Carol Weremy and Melissa Gonzalez accept a $3,999 donation from Tim Hortons staff members. (Photo Submitted)

Quesnel Hike for Hospice celebrates results of first virtual event

The Hike for Hospice hosted a successful virtual event in May

Submitted by: Suzannah Meir

QDHPCA Executive Director

This May, the Quesnel & District Hospice & Palliative Care Association held our first Virtual Hike for Hospice.

It was a huge success!

We raised over $11,000 so thanks to all the wonderful people that joined us.

We were able to social distance, as everyone was encouraged to hike wherever they wanted and keep to their safe bubbles. We had an awesome time in spite of COVID.

Our goal was to raise $10,000 for a new Palliative Mattress for GRB Hospital, and a new Bariatric Chair for Dunrovin Park Lodge. Thanks to all who joined us, we were able to exceed this financial goal.

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A huge thank you to all of our participating Hike for Hospice Teams: Never Too Late, Gonzalez Family Hike for Hospice, McKerlie Family – Dwayne McKerlie, Judy’s Hike for Hospice, Integris Credit Union, Team Awesome 2021, Team Ashton, Supporting QDHPCA, George Pawluk, Lou’s Effort for Quesnel BC, Lilley’s Hike for Hospice, KCP, Race in Honor of Grand Mama, Chelsey’s Hike for Hospice, CL Smith and Team Home Fires Farm

A very special mention to the top four fundraising teams who raised the following amounts: Never Too Late – Carol Weremy $2,400, Gonzalez Family Hike for Hospice – Melissa Gonzalez $1,770, McKerlie Family – Dwayne McKerlie – $1,570 and Judy’s Hike for Hospice – Judy & Adrian Monych $1,250.

Of course, a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored our hiking teams – we couldn’t have done it without any of you.

A huge thank you also to our 2021 Virtual Hike for Hospice sponsor – Clayton’s Funeral Home. Thank you for your generous donation.

A great big thank you to the South Quesnel Business Association, the West Quesnel Business Association and the Quesnel Downtown Association for putting out the word that we were looking for prize donations for our Hike for Hospice.

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And…a great big thanks to the following prize donors.

Your prizes were amazing and so generous! Our Hiking Teams were so happy to receive them:

Red Tomato Pies – five gift certificates – medium pizzas.

Quesnel Family Optometric Center – three pairs of sunglasses

Northern Flowers – flower hanging basket

Heavy D’s BBQ – 10 gift certificates.

Richbar Nursery – nine holes of golf for two people.

Katsura Soap Company – three bars of soap and sample bag.

Green Tree Health & Wellness – various health products.

South Quesnel Bus. Assoc. – $75 SQBA bucks, duffel bag.

We also had a draw for an amazing gift basket that was put together from these prizes.

The winner of the basket for the Virtual Hike for Hospice was – Gonzalez’s Hike for Hospice. Congratulations Gonzalez Family.

I have a prize for each team.Please contact me to arrange picking up your prizes – our way of saying thank you so much for participating in our Virtual Hike for Hospice and for helping us to raise this money.

I am in my office in the hospice unit on Tuesdays if you would like to stop by and collect your prize as well.

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