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Airdrie and District Hospice Society to host Hike for Hospice

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 06:00 am

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On May 3, Nose Creek Park will be abuzz with people strapping on their hiking shoes and gearing up to participate in Airdrie’s first Hike for Hospice in support of the Airdrie and District Hospice Society.

Society Vice President Matt Carre said the event is about creating awareness about hospice care and raising funds to help with the compassionate care fund, which allows people to access support when they have exhausted all other avenues with the government for funding.

“It’s something that affects so many people,” he said. “Everybody has lost someone at some point and a lot of people will need hospice or palliative care.”

The society was formed about four years ago and though there is no hospice currently in Airdrie, the society works to enhance community capacity to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, both of the person completing life’s journey and their loved ones, thus providing comprehensive and compassionate end -of-life care of the highest quality, according to the website.

They offer support through education and access to resources for people requiring end-of-life care and their family.

The event offers two routes for participants, a one-kilometre and a five-km course, and registration for either is $20. Registration opens at 8:45 a.m. on May 3, with the hike beginning at 10 a.m.

If hiking isn’t your thing, donations will be accepted at chpca.convio.net/adhs and donors can select from a drop down menu who would like to support.

“One hundred per cent of funds raised stays in our community and in our society,” Carre said.

He said the goal for the event is to raise $10,000.

Even if you’re not hiking on May 3, stop by Nose Creek Park and grab some grub off one of the food trucks that will be at the event and cheer on the hikers.

“The more (registrants) the better,” Carre said. “We’ve got a great response but the more the better. Our goal down the road is to have a hospice in Airdrie. We want to make sure people have support after a loved one passes.”

The event is part of National Hospice Palliative Care Week, which runs from May 4 to 10.

He said it is often hard for people to talk about hospice and palliative care because it is a sad topic, but the society is there to help people through that awful time of loss and offer them support and opportunities to talk about their grief.

“The ones that are left are the ones that are really affected,” he said of loss. “There is support out there if you’ve lost somebody or if you’re in the process of losing someone.”

To register as a hiker, visit the society’s website at noonediesalone.ca


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