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One week in, Tri-Cities' 20th Hike for Hospice is more than halfway to its $50K goal

Crossroads Hospice Society's annual month-long fundraiser will also be back in Port Moody on May 29 after two years of virtual walking.
Crossroads Hospice Hike May 5 2019 - Mary and Bryan Ness photo (43)
The 2019 Hike for Hospice was an in-person fundraiser for the Crossroads Hospice Society; the charity, which serves the Tri-Cities and New Westminster, will move to an online format this year, as in 2020, and will also include a 50/50 draw.

We're only a week into the month of May, but that hasn't stopped Tri-City residents from raising and donating funds for local palliative care.

In time for its 20th edition, Crossroads Hospice Society is bringing back its five-kilometre walk/run in person after a two-year hiatus, and it appears to have brought excitement and generosity to the region.

As of this publication, Hike for Hospice has collected more than $28,000 for the non-profit organization.

That's more than halfway to its 2022 goal of $50,000.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the annual hike's cancellation twice resulting from public health restrictions and recommendations.

But this year, the organizing committee is looking forward to bringing people together again on the trails of Port Moody at the end of the month.

"Walk in honour of a loved one and raise funds for our community," reads the event's description on Crossroads' website, noting the society currently had more than 250 volunteers.

"The purpose of the 5KM walk is not only to raise much needed funds, but to raise awareness of the many challenges faced by hospice palliative care and to promote the wonderful work that all volunteers and professionals in the field perform daily. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised at Hike for Hospice stay in our community."

Hike for Hospice is a pledge-based nation-wide event, set to see thousands of Canadians walk, run or hike in memory of a loved one.

In the Tri-Cities, interested residents are encouraged to take part in the walk's festivities between 9:30 a.m. and noon at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.).

The agenda also includes a barbecue by donation, water and refreshment stations, ice cream and live entertainment.

Crossroads' local fundraising campaign ends May 30.

For more information, you can visit its website.