The annual Hike for Hospice fundraising event took place at Fraser River Heritage Park on Sunday. / Bob Friesen Photos

Mission hosts annual Hike For Hospice

The Mission Hospice Society holds the fundraising walk in order to support local programs

A crowd of more than 60 people came out to the annual Hike For Hospice event, held Sunday at Fraser River Heritage Park.

The annual hike is a fundraiser for the Mission Hospice Society.

Participants of all ages collected pledges and then took part in a five-kilometre walk.

“It was a great event. We had a really good turn out. We made money to cover our programs and kids programs,” said Angel Elias, executive director of the society.

Along with those programs, the society also sent 25 kids to Zajac Ranch. The hike helped cover those costs as well.

Elias said this year’s hike saw a mix of participants.

“It was great to see so many kids out and families out, walking in memory of a loved one.”

The family of Lillian Dudfield, the founder of the Mission Hospice Society, was on hand to participate this year as well.

“They came from all over Canada. It was great to see them,” said Elias

Dudfield passed away in December of 2015.

Elias believes the success of this year’s hike will help with future events.

“We are hoping to grow and have more families come out and walk in memory of their loved ones.”

 

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