The Tantramar Hospice Palliative Care Organization’s 2014 Hike for Hospice fundraiser was a success. Above, participants make their way through the downtown core on Sunday. PHOTO SUBMITTED
The Tantramar Hospice Palliative Care Organization (THPCO) held its second annual Hike for Hospice on Sunday, May 4.
This year’s route took the hikers through the centre of town. Starting at the Sackville Town Hall, a small but enthusiastic crowd of 24 hikers followed the dulcet tones of Paul Jensen’s saxophone along Main Street, York Street, and Bridge Street. The sun was shining brightly, the spring air was warm, and hikers sang along as Paul played a medley of tunes as they slowly wound their way through down town Sackville. Curious onlookers were given THPCO brochures and bookmarks as part the THPCO’s campaign to raise awareness of hospice palliative care in our community.
The THPCO is an umbrella group of local service providers and interested individuals who support hospice palliative care in the Tantramar region.
This year’s hike raised over $1,200 for THPCO. The THPCO is a not-for-profit organization and all of the money raised by the hike (through pledges and donations) is used to help THPCO support services/resources such as the grief and bereavement peer support group that is offered twice a year (spring and fall), a library of end-of-life care resources (books, CDs, DVDs) that anyone can borrow, and the Sackville branch of Hospice Greater Moncton’s visiting volunteer program (volunteers are available to support terminally ill people and their families in their home, nursing home, or hospital). These services/resources are available at no cost.
THPCO also sponsors and organizes various educational events for both health care professionals and the public (e.g., Death Café, ‘Skills for Healing’ cancer weekend retreat).
At the end of the hike, hikers chatted and shared refreshments back at the town hall. THPCO chair Stephen Claxton-Oldfield declared this year’s Hike for Hospice a “huge success. It’s great to see local people and local businesses get behind this great cause with their pledges, donations, and participation. We had a blast hiking through town!”
For more information about THPCO, visit website at thpco.ca.