New campaign launched for Holmberg House

The Abbotsford Hospice Society hopes to raise $1.2 million by the end of the year

An artist’s rendering of Abbotsford Hospice Society’s Holmberg House.

An artist’s rendering of Abbotsford Hospice Society’s Holmberg House.

The Holmberg House Matching Funds Challenge has been launched in Abbotsford.

The campaign will raise funds for the second phase of construction of the Abbotsford Hospice Society’s (AHS) Holmberg House adult hospice.

The facility is under construction on the Dave Lede Campus of Care on Marshall Road next to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

Funded by Dave and Lee Holmberg – who have already donated $1 million to Holmberg House – the challenge will match up to $500,000 in donations between Oct. 7 and Dec. 25.

The campaign was launched following an evening at the Holmbergs’ residence, where a series of powerful stories was shared with those in attendance.

Tens of thousands of dollars have already been donated, and AHS board chair David Turchen said there is a “renewed excitement” for making hospice care a reality in Abbotsford.

AHS still needs to raise another $4.3 million to complete the facility.

Turchen said although there have been some challenges in the past, the project has “turned a corner.”

“There is new leadership, a renewed vision, an end goal that is well defined, and an excitement and positivity in the community that is inspiring,” he said.

The goal is to raise $1.2 million before the end of the year “to ensure the building reaches a clean lockup,” Turchen added.

Campaign co-chair Vijay Manuel said the matching campaign is the first in a series of new AHS initiatives, with details to be revealed at a later date.

“It is our mortality that unites us, which is why the completion of Holmberg House is something that all of us should get behind,” he said.

The facility will provide services and support for people 19 and older who are in the last stages of their life, as well as to their loved ones.

For more information or to make a donation, call 604-852-2456 or visit abbotsfordhospice.org/donate.

Donations can also be made on the Black Press crowd-funding site BlackPress4Good, where every donation made to Holmberg House prior to Nov. 15 will be matched. Visit abbynews.com/4Good for more details.

(Photo below: Dave Ethier (left) and Bob Lang (right), members of the Mixed Invitational Golf Tournament committee, present a cheque to Dave Holmberg for the Abbotsford Hospice Society’s Holmberg House. The golf tournament is held every year at Ledgeview as a fundraiser for Holmberg House. This photo was taken Oct. 7 at the launch of the Matching Funds Challenge.)