COVID-19 restrictions are preventing mass gatherings, such as this Hike for Hospice event from 2018. Hike for Hospice is cancelled this year, but Nanaimo Community Hospice event organizers are asking people to get out on their own or as teams through whatever outdoor activities they favour, be it kayaking, trail running or walking on the waterfront to raise money to support the organization through Hustle for Hospice. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo asked to get out and hustle for hospice

Nanaimo Community Hospice Society organizing event to replace usual fundraiser hike

Nanaimo Hospice is asking people who’d normally participate in Hike for Hospice to raise funds for the society by doing what they most love to do.

Nanaimo Community Hospice Society is unable to hold its annual Hike for Hospice event because of COVID-19 restrictions, so organizers are asking people to sign up individually or as families or teams to gather pledges and do whatever they do best in Hustle for Hospice, a fundraiser event tailored to the pandemic.

Registrants are already out walking the waterfront, hiking the trails around Westwood Lake, kayaking, golfing and doing other physical activities of their choice around Nanaimo.

Nanaimo Community Hospice is a non-profit, charitable organization that offers one-to-one counselling and grief groups and was the first community-based hospice in Canada when it was established in 1981. Hospice programs are free and include professional grief counselling, volunteer-led programs, palliative and caregiver support at home, in hospital and in-care facilities, complementary therapies, a child and youth program, comprehensive library of resources, and more.

Hustle for Hospice participants will be able to upload videos and share their activities.

Registration is open until Aug. 28. The virtual finish line will be held Sept. 12 and there will be three pick-up dates for hats, buffs and swag.

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