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Hike for Hospice keeps memories of loved ones alive

Honour loved ones and raise funds for Carpenter Hospice's programs and services on June 1

On Saturday, June 1, 2024, participants will hike 5 km through the Hospice neighbourhood, including the Hydro Corridor.

Net proceeds will support Carpenter Hospice's programs and services. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the event.

The Hike represents a special time for the staff and volunteers at Carpenter Hospice. "Although this is a fundraiser, it primarily serves as a way to bring everyone together to remember those we have loved and lost," said John Gilbert, Manager, Fund Development at Carpenter Hospice.

For many years, the four Rotary Clubs of Burlington—North, Central, Burlington, and Lakeshore—have been the main event sponsors. That continues this year. "Seeing the love within the community is truly heartwarming. Every year, we see more and more support. Small businesses and organizations also play a significant role." John added.

"Honour, Support, Remember" are three simple words that resonate throughout the event.

Honouring a loved one by participating in the Hike is very special. 13 teams signed up in the first week, and the Hospice is thrilled by the response. 

Supporting each other is the heart of this event. Carpenter Hospice staff and volunteers will be present on event day, ready to provide a supportive and understanding environment. "Many people have friends or colleagues who have needed or may need the Hospice at some point, and people form very meaningful connections to the event," John shared.

Remembering the special moments, memories, and lasting impact loved ones have had on families and many others, the Halton Quilters Guild has generously donated materials, talent, and time to make a Memorial Quilt for the last three years. "It is extraordinary to partner with the Guild," said John.

Participants at the Hike are provided with individual squares on which to write a memory, message of hope, or acknowledgement of a loved one's past. The Guild transforms these individual squares into a beautiful, cohesive memorial honouring all whose names and memories have been lovingly offered. 

Like creating a quilt, providing compassionate palliative care is more than the sum of its parts. It is the work of many hands collectively supporting moments that matter. 

To learn more about Hike for Carpenter Hospice, visit

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