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The second annual Hike for Hospice in Saugeen Shores raised over $21,000 for the Chapman House in Owen Sound.

Hub Staff

Mother Nature created the perfect backdrop for the second annual Hike for Hospice held in Saugeen Shores. Residents took to the Saugeen Rail Trail on Sunday, May 5 in Port Elgin to raise money for the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce, also known as the Chapman House, in Owen Sound. Individuals, teams and families congregated at the Rotary Trail Head River Street Station to hike a total of 6 kilometres together in support of the 2019 Grey Bruce Hike for Hospice. The event raised over $26,000 which far surpassed their goal of $8,000.

Dr Hazel Lynn, former Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce Health Unit and Hospice Board Member, addressed the gathered crowd and recognized that the community support makes it possible for them to offer quality end-of-life care to patients.

Also in attendance was Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau who identified the Chapman House as “such an important institute in our region.”

Charbonneau went on to thank all the participants for ensuring continued access for these services for years to come.

The Saugeen Shores Hike for Hospice was one of nine events across Grey and Bruce including Durham, Markdale, Blue Mountains, Meaford, Brockton, Owen Sound and Hanover.

Edited to add: The third annual Hike for Hospice in support of the Huron Shores Hospice in Tiverton will take place on Saturday, May 11 at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. with the walk getting underway at 10 a.m. For more information visit huronshoreshospice.ca.

Editor's Note: In a May 8 update, local organizers said that with additional donations still being tallied the Saugeen Shores event had raised "$26,122 and counting," the total as of the event date was $21,000. The information has been updated above. In a May 8 Residential Hospice Grey Bruce media release, it was announced that the total raised across the nine events was over $194,000. 

Lakeshore

The Lakeshore Team was the biggest team at the 2019 Hike for Hospice in Saugeen Shores, proudly chanting “eleven thousand” to announce their fundraising total.

weightwatchers

The Weight Watchers team wore blue ribbons on their arms as they walked the Rail Trail down to Hi-Berry Farms in Port Eglin for the second annual Hike for Hospice May 5.

registration

Volunteers Stephanie Wallace and Christine Wood got all the walkers registered before sending them out on the trail.

Hazel Lynn

Dr Hazel Lynn, Hospice of Grey Bruce Board Member, spoke to the participants of the 2019 Hike for Hospice in Port Elgin, one of eight Hike for Hospice events across the region May 5.

Luke Charbonneau

Mayor Luke Charbonneau expressed his appreciation to all who supported the second annual Saugeen Shores Hike for Hospice.

dog

Caleb Tibitts the Dalmatian accompanied hikers on their 6 kilometre walk to Hi-Berry Farm from the Rotary Trail Head River Street Station in Port Elgin on Sunday, May 5 to raise money for the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce.