On Sunday, May 7, a group of hardy hikers gathered at the Mill of Kintail for the fifth annual Hike for Hospice. This yearly event raises money for Hub Hospice Palliative Care (HHPC), a “hospice without walls.” HHPC provides end-of-life support for those within our community who wish to remain in their own homes.
Jane Henderson, chair of Hub Hospice, officiated at the opening ceremonies and Ed Lawrence delighted everyone with his ribbon-cutting skills to commence the hike, amid onlookers who were eager to get moving.
Although the weather was not favourable, trilliums were in full bloom in the shelter of trees, and trout lilies and violets — among other wildflowers — were poking through. Adults and children were seen puddle-jumping and dogs ignored the mud.
Dr. Mark van Campen of Mississippi Animal Hospital provided the walkers with coffee, sweets and advice, and the dogs with treats, toys and water bowls. Jessica’s Syrian Food offered tempting foods, and the Civitan barbecue churned out hotdogs and hamburgers for those with hungry appetites after their hike.
A highlight was the petting zoo with baby goats and llamas. They were busy grazing through the fresh grass in front of the gatehouse, oblivious of their audience.
What shone through was the steadfast support for Hub Hospice. Despite inclement weather, a stalwart group turned out through the chilly wind and intermittent snow.
Thank you for your support.
Submitted by Linda Berg, co-chair, Hike for Hospice committee
PHOTO CREDIT: Evelyn Harford/Metroland
Linda Berg, co-chair for Hub Hospice’s Hike for Hospice Palliative Care (left), Judi Bernard, on the planning committee for the hike (centre) and Tony O’Neill, co-chair for the hike, gather for a shot at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area located outside Almonte, before the annual hike held on Sunday, May 7.