Hike for Hospice to take place virtually for second year

Story by Stacie Gaetz


Photos by Courtesy of Airdrie & District Hospice Society

The Airdrie and District Hospice Society (ADHS) is launching its second Virtual Hike for Hospice on May 2.

Participants can stay healthy and safe while getting active, having fun and connecting with other hikers in the community.

The launch will coincide with the start of National Hospice Palliative Care Week. Each May, supporters across Canada take part in the Hike for Hospice – a vital fundraiser that enables compassionate care to be provided to those facing the end of life.

“The past year has been tough on everyone. We just want people to have some fun again with our Virtual Hike for Hospice,” said President Daria Skibington-Roffel.

“We’re very grateful to all those who support us, whether that is joining the hike as an individual or team or simply helping us to spread the word.”

ADHS supports making it possible for individuals to stay in their homes and communities with their families as long as possible.

The Society has advocated for the past 10 years for at-home palliative care as well as hospice beds in Airdrie. ADHS offers free programs and services to citizens of Airdrie, Balzac, Beiseker, Carstairs, Crossfield, Irricana, Kathryn, Keoma and Madden.

“Airdrie & District Hospice Society is inviting everyone to get creative and be active while supporting quality care for some of the most vulnerable in our community and their loved ones,” says Skibington-Roffel.

“Participants are encouraged to run, walk, bike, cartwheel or crawl inside or outdoors.”

The money raised by the hike will support the Society in providing in-home Compassionate Care Companions for patients (as soon as health regulations permit) so that those caring for them, typically their immediate family members, can have a break.

ADHS also has a Compassionate Care Fund to cover some expenses affected families may incur as well as trained volunteers who can assist those trying to access services. ADHS is also offering grief support programs.

Donations from the Hike for Hospice will help ensure all services and programs are free.

To register for the Virtual Hike for Hospice, click here.

Donations will be accepted throughout the month and may be made through Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink which will match donations by up to 50 per cent.

Hikers are encouraged to share photos of their activities on social media using the hashtag #HikeforHospice2021 and tag @AirdrieHospice on social media.