Photo: from left to right – Gerald Tracey, Board Chair. Cynthia Stafford, Clinical Service Coordinator. Marjorie Joly, Executive Director. John Yakabuski, MPP. Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke  

Hospice Renfrew has felt the harsh effects of COVID-19, like many charities and services across Renfrew County. Since March, we have seen our donor contributions decline and our corporate events cancelled. Our largest annual fundraising event – Hike for Hospice – was postponed back in May. Marjorie Joly, Executive Director says, “While it was not possible to stage events involving large numbers of people, we were excited to announce the launch of our first ever, Virtual Hike for Hospice on Saturday, October 10, 2020.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am humbled by the support our community has once again shown to Hospice Renfrew, says Director Gerald Tracey.” This year our Hike support is a combination of three different categories. We have had donations that have come in towards the hike since spring, combined with a one-day Virtual Hike held on October 10, 2020. We had several participants join and raise funds as part of a team for a total of $49,000.00. Secondly, Team Dunbar has held several fundraisers throughout the year and these all contributed to the Hike campaign which totalled $65,000.00. Lastly our Chair, Gerald Tracey joined our local MPP, John Yakabuski for a ‘Twins Bike Campaign’ in the amount of $42,000.00, which was held on October 9, 2020. All contributions gave us the grand total of $156,000.00. For several years now, Hospice Renfrew has been a leader in hosting the most successful hike in terms of monies raised, across Canada. With your financial support, we can continue to offer the care, comfort and compassion for residents and their families through their palliative journey. The new world of “virtual” services has become a safe, secure and practical way of ensuring that we can move forward.

There is no cost for any of our programs and services. Hospice is a registered charity. We depend greatly on community support as the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care only provides funding for about 50% of our operations. “Thank you for your continued, faithful support, your generosity will make an immediate difference in the lives of the families that we serve”, says Marjorie Joly, Executive Director.