This year’s Run/Hike for Hospice is Sunday in Red Deer. Contributed photo

Run/Hike for Hospice in Red Deer this Sunday

Central Alberta runners and hikers will trek around the city for the Red Deer Hospice this weekend.

The annual Run/Hike for Hospice, which is Sunday, will raise money to support resident care and the hospice’s $5.2-million expansion.

“It’s sort of a memorial event. Lots of families who have had someone transition through Red Deer Hospice come out and hike or run in honour or in memory of that person. It’s an impactful event,” said event co-ordinator Lori Dufresne.

The hike will bring central Albertans through the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, and the run will delight participants with a trip along Red Deer’s scenic riverside trails.

Each $25 registration pays for one hour of hospice care, Dufresne added.

READ MORE: More beds, more services coming to Red Deer Hospice

Hike for Hospice is a national event with thousands of participants across Canada. The event recognizes the work done by hospice palliative care volunteers and health care providers, and builds awareness for the need of better access to quality end-of-life care for the country’s aging population.

The Red Deer Hospice “allows people the most comfort and compassion at the end of their life. It gives them a home-like setting where they can be surrounded by family and friends,” said Dufresne.

Dufresne said she expects 400 hikers and runners to participate in Sunday’s event.

There is a $60,000 fundraising goal and all the proceeds will stay in Red Deer. Last year’s event raised $40,000.

The hike has been in Red Deer for 11 years, but the run is a newer addition. The run was introduced to attract people who don’t have a connection to hospice care.

“All of the runners who come out can’t fail to notice the impact of those families and groups (touched by the Red Deer Hospice Society),” she said.

The No Show Gala raffle winners will be drawn after the run and hike Sunday as well. About 90 per cent of the 4,000 tickets are already sold. Three grand prizes will be drawn at noon, including a week at a luxury resort in Nuevo Vallarta or the Mayan Riviera.

For more information, to register for the Run/Hike for Hospice, or to purchase No Show Gala raffle tickets, visit www.reddeerhospice.com.



sean.mcintosh@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deer gets $7M from province for an emergency 24/7 homeless shelter

Councillor says the location will be decided through community consultations

‘Finer focus on job creation:’ Alberta government files red-ink budget

EDMONTON — The Alberta budget is counting on oil and gas bouncing… Continue reading

WATCH: Tabling of the 2020 Alberta budget

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is scheduled to reveal the provincial budget at… Continue reading

VIDEO: Grumpy sea lion resists help back to water in Washington state

Crews were able to coax her into a crate to carry her back to water

Your community calendar

Feb. 19 A Liberation of Holland event is being held at the… Continue reading

Gardening: Taking a break from the winter

Looking for a break from winter and dream of summer without leaving… Continue reading

Ottawa imposes new rules to protect fragile population of right whales

HALIFAX — Canada has rolled out new measures to protect the critically… Continue reading

Canada pumps nearly 900 billion litres of raw sewage into waterways since 2013

OTTAWA — Canada’s old-fashioned city sewer systems dumped nearly 900 billion litres… Continue reading

Federal government in good financial shape, provinces not so much: PBO

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals could add billions of dollars in spending… Continue reading

Ottawa’s LRT line leaves thousands out in the cold during heavy snowstorm

OTTAWA — Many transit riders in Ottawa were left out in the… Continue reading

All eyes on Wet’suwet’en chiefs’ meeting with federal, provincial ministers

SMITHERS, B.C. — The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation prepared… Continue reading

Scheer appears to backtrack on commitment not to allow debate on abortion

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer appears to be backtracking on a… Continue reading

Most Read