BRANTFORD – The Stedman Community Hospice is calling on the community to hike through their neighbourhood for a good cause.
The organization’s annual May hike for hospice fundraiser was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a significant loss in much-needed donations this year.
President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Lifecare Foundation, Julie Powell, says this re-designed event encourages participants to set their route and hike along their favorite trails, or in their neighbourhood to raise money for the hospice.
The hospice, located at 99 Wayne Gretzky Parkway, opened in 2004 with ten beds offering 24-hour end of life care to thousands of patients and their families. The programs and services provided at the hospice are free of charge, in part because of funds raised through events like this.
This year’s fundraising hike ambassador is 13-year-old Anderson Whitehead. He was last year’s top youth fundraiser and has set a goal to raise $7500 for the hospice for this year personally, and has already raised $6500.
Whitehead says the hospice holds a special place in his heart, as his mother, Laura McKay, died at the hospice after a battle with cancer two years ago.
Participants are being encouraged to take photographs and enter them into contests to win a prize. Every participant also receives a $10 gift card for a restaurant or supermarket of their choice.