Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Virtual Hike For Hospice raises over $79,000

This year’s Hike for Hospice Chatham-Kent was delayed then changed to a virtual format but that didn’t stop supporters from participating and the event raised over $79,000 to support the ongoing operational needs of our local hospice.

Hospice officials say participants were asked to get active in an activity of their choice anytime between June 1 to 14, 2020 while collecting pledges to support local hospice families.

Many families shared their activity, as well as honoured a loved one they were walking in memory of, through a social media post or video.

“It was amazing to see so many people getting active over the last few weeks in very creative ways,” stated Amanda McKinlay, Hike for Hospice Co-Chair, in a media release.

“Even though there is so much uncertainty in our everyday lives, the participants and sponsors were unwavering in their support of Hospice and we are very grateful.”

As part of the event, businesses were invited to participate in the Corporate Challenge and this year’s winner was MBI Financial of Blenheim.

Their team wins bragging rights as well as a catered coffee break.

Sponsors were also a big part of this year’s success. Orienteer sponsors include MC Business Solutions, MicroAge, Teksavvy, Rondeau Capital and Tim Hortons.

“We were unsure what to expect with the changes to this year’s event but we are extremely happy with the results,” stated Nathan McKinlay, Hike for Hospice Co-chair and Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation Director, in a media release.

“Through this COVID-19 crisis, Hospice continues to support local families through their end-of-life journey. These funds will help ensure this care continues to be available at no cost to residents and their families when they need it most.”

A full list of sponsors can be found at

To view the Hike for Hospice participant posts, visit Chatham-Kent Hospice’s Facebook page or search #Hike4HospiceCK

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