Participants in the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society’s Hike for Hospice were treated to sunny skies Sunday

$30,000 raised for White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society

More than 150 took part in annual Hike for Hospice walk in Crescent Beach

More than 150 participants took to Crescent Beach Sunday to take part in the Hike for Hospice, an event organizers described as an “epic success in so many ways.”

The 13th annual hike, which saw participants walk one, three or five kilometers around Crescent Beach and Blackie Spit, raised more than $30,000 for the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society.

Mother Nature co-operated in a big way this year, after last year’s participants were drenched in rain.

“It was a sunny day, and our MC, Mark Madryga, really delivered on that,” Theresa Robson, community fund development co-ordinator said. “Last year was so rainy – our supporters were treated to beautiful weather this year.”

Sunday’s hike raised almost $10,000 more than last year’s, and will be a huge help for the society’s many programs, Robson said.

Palliative programs, including counselling and one-on-one support will benefit, Robson said, as well as the society’s vigil and emergency teams, which operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Additionally, the society’s grief-support programs – including children’s grief day camps and teen training, adult grief, bereavement walking group and relaxation groups – will also receive a boost from Sunday’s event.

To find out more about the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society, visit www.whiterockhospice.org or call 604-531-7484.

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