Area residents participate in last year’s Hike for Hospice, held in Sackville. PHOTO SUBMITTED
On Sunday, May 4, the Tantramar Hospice Palliative Care Organization (THPCO) will host the second annual Hike for Hospice in Sackville. This hike, and many others like it in towns and cities all across Canada, marks the start of National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada (May 4-10). The purpose of the hike is to increase public awareness of hospice palliative care and to raise funds to help THPCO support the provision of volunteer and grief and bereavement services in our community. In addition, THPCO’s mandate also includes educating the public and healthcare providers about end-of-life issues through workshops, community events, etc. For example, last month, THPCO sponsored a Death Café (an evening of coffee, cake, and conversation about death and dying) at the Black Duck Inn. THPCO is currently organizing a skills for healing Weekend Cancer Retreat in Sackville, which will take place at the end of April.
The May 4 hike will follow a route through Sackville and will be accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Area residents are invited to come out and show their support and to gather pledges to help raise funds for THPCO. Last year’s Hike for Hospice in the Sackville Waterfowl Park raised over $1,000. Local businesses are also encouraged to enter a team of employees in this year’s hike. Pledge sheets can be picked up at the Bell Aliant Store (100 Main Street) during opening hours or can be downloaded from the THPCO website, thpco.ca, at the bottom of the “Events” page.
The hike will begin in front of the Sackville town hall on Main Street. Hikers are asked to bring their pledge money to the hike or simply make a donation on the day. A table will be set up under the front entrance canopy for this purpose at 1:30 p.m., with the hike scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Paul Jensen of the Sackville Citizen’s Band will accompany hikers through the town while playing a variety of tunes on his saxophone. Refreshments will follow at Sackville town hall. This promises to be a fun day for everyone, and local residents are urged to bring their family, friends, and even their dog.
For more information, visit THPCO on the web at thpco.ca.