The annual Hike for Hospice takes place in Abbotsford on May 6.

The annual Hike for Hospice takes place in Abbotsford on May 6.

Abbotsford Hike for Hospice raises funds for Holmberg House

Event takes place Sunday, May 6 at Mill Lake Park

Hike for Hospice is a unique national fundraising event held across Canada that brings communities together, working collectively to support hospice palliative care, raise funds and build awareness in the community.

Abbotsford’s Hike for Hospice takes place Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mill Lake Park. All funds raised at this event stay in Abbotsford.

Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS) is especially honoured to have Dave Kandal as this year’s honorary chair. For over 50 years, Kandal has been a tireless supporter of this community, as a teacher, coach, politician, and public appointee.

“I have been a supporter of Abbotsford Hospice Society for many years and recognize the growing need in our community,” he said in a statement.

“We now have Holmberg House – Abbotsford’s hospice – a facility built by the community for the community. Please join me and continue your support, so that Abbotsford Hospice can meet the increased demand for palliative care plus grief support services and programs in our community.”

Holmberg House is a 10-bed facility owned and operated by AHS.

AHS is a registered charitable organization that provides end-of-life care to adults and grief support services to children, youth and adults, either one-on-one or in groups. Programs and services are free of charge and made possible by way of donations and proceeds from fundraising events.

Register online at abbotsfordhospice.org/hike and collect pledges from friends and co-workers, or download the pledge form and bring it to Mill Lake Park – site #4 off Bevan Avenue.

This year’s Hike for Hospice will have new fun activities for children, youth and adults. There will be face painting, barbecued hot dogs served by Lions Club volunteers, live entertainment by Abbotsford Jam and new this year – a prize for best-dressed dog courtesy of Paw Street Market.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Karin Massar at karin@abbotsfordhospice.org or call 604-852-2456 for more information.