This year is the 9th time that Home Hospice North Lanark is participating in the annual Hike for Hospice, part of a national initiative organized by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, with 100% of all funds raised staying in the community in which the Hike is hosted, thanks to the generous support of GSK and Amgen.

In the past, we’ve hosted a Hike to raise funds for HHNL at the beautiful Mill of Kintail in May. Last year, we couldn’t do that so we decided to host a virtual hike for the entire month of October, and it was the most successful Hike we’ve ever run! Participants will be given a red silicone bracelet to identify that they care. People will be able to complete their personal hike any time in the month of October. Gather a team! Challenge your coworkers, church group, family, friends, or sports team! Help us reach our goal of $25,000.

Registration takes place online at hhnl.ca/hike, or participants can make arrangements to pick up a registration form by calling 613-256-5375 or emailing hike@hhnl.ca. Once you’re registered you can pick up your new bracelet and start hiking! You decide where and when to complete your personal hike; and how far you are going to hike (minimum of 1 km. recommended). You can do it in one day, or spread it out over the whole month. Set a goal for yourself or your team!

Come hike with us! You may choose to hike in memory of someone special. To encourage a feeling of community, we ask that you send a photo of your loved one to hike@hhnl.ca so we can post it on our Facebook page; add a little story if you like. While you’re hiking, snap some pictures of the views you see, of your kids, of your adorable pet…and send those to us, too.

You can simply hike around your town—perhaps with your family, friends or fur baby. How about hiking at one of our many beautiful local trails, such as The Mill of Kintail, High Lonesome Nature Reserve (Pakenham), cliffLAND (Blueberry Mountain near Lanark), the Poole Family Nature Sanctuary (Carleton Place), or the Ottawa Valley Rail Trail. You can even walk on a treadmill or in or around your home! Please remember to follow current guidelines to keep yourself and others safe. There will be prizes for MOST MONEY RAISED, CUTEST PET, and the BIGGEST TEAM.

Money raised through the Hike provides emotional and social assistance to clients, their families and loved ones.  Home Hospice North Lanark is one of the many hospice organizations working toward ensuring that more Canadians, especially in our own community, receive their desired end-of-life care.

To support or participate in Hike for Hospice Palliative Care, or for more information, please email hike@hhnl.ca. You may also visit our website at hhnl.ca.