Nanaimo Hospice celebrates 40 with 50/50

Inaugural 50/50 draw raises funds for Nanaimo Hospice

Cathy Dyck, Development Officer for the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. The organization’s 40th Anniversary 50/50 Raffle supports its vital palliative care and grief counselling programs.

Cathy Dyck, Development Officer for the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. The organization’s 40th Anniversary 50/50 Raffle supports its vital palliative care and grief counselling programs.

In 40 years, the Nanaimo Hospice team has never done anything half-way, but that changes this spring – and that’s a good thing!

As the vital local organization celebrates Hospice Month this May, it also marks its milestone 40th anniversary. But after a year like no other, celebrations – and fundraisers – still need to look a little different. After going virtual with events like last year’s Hike for Hospice, Nanaimo Hospice was looking for some exciting new ways to mark their anniversary.

Celebrations kick off with the 40th Anniversary 50/50 Raffle, and continue with exciting news of a Dream Home lottery in the near future.

“2021 marks 40 years of providing compassionate care to the dying, caregiving and grieving. Our regular fundraisers have become a bit more of a challenge,” says Executive Director Paige Karcynski. “As we evolve into the ‘virtual world of events,’ we’re so excited to be launching our first 50/50 online raffle.”

A fun way to engage the community and help keep the charitable organization financially healthy, 50/50 ticket sales will continue online through May 31, with the winner drawn June 1 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 each or purchase a five-pack for $30 or a 10-pack for $50.

Nanaimo Community Hospice was the first community-based hospice established in Canada. Over its four decades, more than 1,100 volunteers have provided over 500,000 hours to support more than 30,000 individuals and families facing dying, caregiving and grief.

Programs are free and include professional grief counselling and volunteer-led group programs, palliative and caregiver support at home, in hospital and in care facilities, complementary therapies, a child and youth program, comprehensive library resources and so much more.

At the same time, Nanaimo Hospice receives very little government funding, so almost all its revenues come from fundraising, notes Cathy Dyck, Development Officer for the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society.

While events have been challenging due to COVID health and safety protocols, staff and volunteers continue to provide invaluable palliative care and counselling services to those at end of life and their love ones, Dyck notes, crediting the Hospice team, including its 250 current volunteers, for their ongoing commitment.

And the need for programs and services will continue to grow due to factors like COVID-19 as well as an aging community.

“We’re asking folks to go to www.nanaimohospice.com, click on ‘Events’ and purchase tickets for our 40th Anniversary 50/50 Raffle,” Karcynski says. “It’s a win-win for everyone!”

Please note that 50/50 ticket purchasers must be 19+ and in BC.

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