The countdown is on for the Greater Trail Hospice Society’s swim-a-thon; an age-friendly event to raise money and heighten awareness of all hospice services available in the city and neighbouring towns.
“Like most non-profit organizations much of our financial support is provided through donations; without our community support we couldn’t make a positive difference in this community,” says Brenda Hooper, hospice board chair.
The March 7 event at the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre welcomes all ages and skill levels.
“If you can doggy paddle, float, use a kickboard or pool noodle you can be a swimmer for this great cause,” Hooper says.
“If you’re feeling competitive, invite a friend and you can compete to see who can swim the most laps; have fun with it.”
Those wanting to help out but not able to take a dip that day are invited to sponsor a swimmer.
Interested in swimming or sponsoring a swimmer?
Call the hospice society at 250.364.6204 to register and/or receive a pledge package or email: email@example.com.
The annual swim-a-thon dates back to 1999 when Betty Evans-Davies was the most senior swimmer.
She continued to raise money each year, encouraging other swimmers and promoting the event.
Evans-Davies’ family is carrying on her legacy of support for the swim-a-thon and hospice programs.
The society says trained hospice volunteers are the core of its program.
“During times of changing health and grief, it is vital to have people you can rely on. Volunteers provide so much more than end-of-life care ; our hospice also offers support through grief, caregiver groups, help for people navigating life-limiting health transitions, and advance care planning assistance.”
The society adds, “We want you to know that we have 42 volunteers and four staff ready to hear and meet your needs.”