White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society's Celebrate a Life event runs through Dec. 23 at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre.

White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society's Celebrate a Life event runs through Dec. 23 at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre.

Celebrate a Life initiative marks 30th year

Hospice fundraiser runs until Dec. 23 at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre in South Surrey

The White Rock South Surrey Hospice’s annual Celebrate a Life event is back at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, beginning this week.

The initiative – which began Thursday and runs until Dec. 23 – provides people the opportunity to honour and remember the life of a loved one by writing a name on a paper dove and hanging it on the Celebrate a Life tree at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre.

With a donation of $20 or more, those taking part will also receive a wooden dove ornament to take home.

“As we look forward to gathering with family and friends at this special time of year, the journey of mourning the loss of a loved one can be very difficult,” a hospice society release states.

“Celebrate a Life provides an opportunity to stop and reflect on the life and memories of someone close to our hearts, while also helping raise awareness of the important programs and services the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society offers.”

The Celebrate a Life campaign has been a staple at the South Surrey shopping centre each December for 30 years, the release notes.

“The hospice is a very big part of our community and (the shopping centre) has also supported White Rock/South Surrey charities and non-profit groups,” said Semiahmoo Shopping Centre’s marketing director Jeri Cox.

“We feel the hospice is important to recognize over the holiday season.”

The Celebrate a Life tree is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more, visit www.whiterockhospice.org