Airdrie Hike for Hospice 2024 was a success this year fundraising over $4000.

The event took place at East Lake Park and it saw around 50 runners/walkers participate.

The goal of the Airdrie and District Hospice Society is to enhance community capacity by supporting the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of those impacted by a life-limiting illness and/or bereavement.

Lise Blanchette,  President and Administrator at Airdrie and District Hospice Society was happy that it turned out to be a nice day.

"We had a nice barbecue, the weather held out for us, the sun even came out. We were excited with how it turned out."

In previous years the event usually had more participants, Blanchette explained with the weekend being a very busy one for Airdrie will all kinds of other events happening, they are thankful to those who did come out.

The society is still a few dollars away from reaching its donation goal of $5000. To help the society reach their mark, click HERE.

AirdirePhoto of the finish sign provided by Lise Blanchette.

The Hike for Hospice is more than just a walk; it's about having fun and making a difference. Funds raised primarily to support the Compassionate Care Fund, which covers costs not included in other programs, such as medications, medical supplies, and transportation. This year, a portion of the proceeds will also benefit our children’s grief programs by purchasing journals and materials for this free service.

Compassionate Care Fund: This fund helps individuals and families with the financial burdens that come with end-of-life diagnoses, such as cancer or ALS. The fund covers costs that are not covered by other programs. Applicants need a signature from a doctor or an RN to access these funds.

Children’s Grief Program: Aimed at children aged 12 to 16, this program provides necessary materials like booklets and journals. It is supported through the Rainbows for All Children Canada.

"I think that people who believe in us have hope that one day we're going have hospice beds in Airdrie and that they won't have to travel to see their loved ones in Calgary every time," explained Blanchette.

This event is one of Airdrie and District Hospice Society's biggest fundraisers of the year. It will be back next year as well.

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