Hey Powell River: Join the Hike for Hospice!
On April 10th, 2014, five Powell River citizens came together to create the board of directors for the Powell River Hospice Society.
They shared a common mission: to create a community based, non-profit organization, offering social, emotional and spiritual support to individuals at the end of their life – through compassion, respect and care, aimed at quality of living and a good death.
Since the board of directors came to fruition, the Powell River Hospice Society has grown considerably: There are now 8 members on the board of directors, 40 trained volunteers, and another 14 volunteers currently in training. The volunteers spend invaluable hours with families and individuals facing life-threatening illnesses. These volunteers provide comfort, emotional support and dignity to patients receiving supportive-palliative care and hospice-palliative care. They also provide bereavement support to families and loved ones.
In the last year alone, the Powell River Hospice Society dedicated over 500 hours of volunteer work to the community!
On March 13, 2017, the board of directors hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Night to recognize the amazing work this group of Powell Riverites has done this year. With all the achievements listed above, it does not take long to see how tirelessly a small group of caring Powell River citizens have worked – almost entirely on a volunteer basis.
In addition to establishing a volunteer program, the Powell River Hospice Society has always envisioned Powell River with its very own Hospice building and they have worked so hard at making that dream a reality. Many people will have read the recent article published in the Peak about a Hospice being built in Powell River. The recent publicity may be news to the general public, but this announcement comes after years of insurmountable dedication from a small group of hardworking individuals. While this is enormously exciting for everyone involved with the Powell River Hospice Society, as well as the community at large, there is local fundraising and much planning that needs to happen before this project begins. The fundraising committee will be working hard to organize entertaining events, the next of which happens in early May.
The Powell River Hospice Society invites you to join them on May 7th, for the annual Hike for Hospice fundraiser.
May 7th, 2017 marks the 3rd Annual Powell River Hike for Hospice fundraiser.
This fun and exciting afternoon at Willingdon Beach Park promises to be full of fun for the whole family – with a BBQ, live music, face painting, Zumba – and of course, a trek down the beautiful beach trail with many of Powell River’s hospice volunteers and Powell River citizens! Have some fun competing with your friends, family members, and colleagues and see who can get the most pledges to participate for this great cause. Pledge sheets are available on the Powell River Hospice Website or can be picked up at the Complex or at Ecossentials. One of the best things about this fundraiser? 100% of the funds raised in our community stay right here. Please come and support this very important cause. The event goes from 12:30pm-4:00pm. Learn more here.
If you are unable to participate at the Hike for Hospice, but would still like to donate to the Powell River Hospice Society, please visit their website at prhospice.org and donate online. You can also visit their Facebook page for more info on upcoming local events!
This article was contributed by Jodie Young.