Minter Country Garden dropped of dozens of daffodils for the Chilliwack Hospice Society on Thursday. “We were happy to be able to share them with the clients and their families, and the dedicated team of staff at Cascade Hospice Residence. Thank you for brightening up our day,” the staff posted on the Hospice Facebook page. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack’s Hike for Hospice goes virtual to encourage staying active

Annual event and fundraiser taking place online, encouraging stair walking, yoga and more

One of the most important things to do in these times is to stay healthy.

To help people stay on track to keeping fit — and to help stop the spread of COVID-19 — the Chilliwack Hospice Society has adjusted their annual Hike for Hospice. Like many other events, they’ve gone virtual.

And the event has already started.

The society posted all the details and plenty of motivation to their Facebook page on April 3. The Virtual Hike for Hospice runs from April 3 to May 3, and anyone can join in right from the comfort of their own.

“Climb your stairs, use a treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, trampoline or skip rope,” they say. “You can dance, do yoga, workout videos, lift weights, stretch, jumping jacks, lunges, sit ups and push ups.”

They note that just because there is a pandemic and people are being asked to stay home, it doesn’t mean the event couldn’t go ahead. Quite the opposite, they say the new virtual event is a chance to stay healthy.

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“In this situation it is very important to remain fit and have a great immune system,” their event page says. “Yes, remaining indoors to avoid infection is necessary whenever possible but that doesn’t mean you can’t be active and keep moving.”

And the Chilliwack Hospice Society continues to actively serve the community, with one-to-one phone support and community outreach benefitting from the funds raised.

Recently, Minter Country Gardens dropped off dozens of daffodils for the hospice volunteers to share with clients and their families, and the dedicated team of staff at Cascade Hospice Residence.

The Hospice programs include palliative support services including hospital and home visits, respite support for family members and caregivers, vigil services, relaxation therapies, a community memorial event, volunteering training, grief and bereavement support, children’s and teen grief support, a horse whisperer camp, community outreach and education, in-school support for children and youth, and community collaboration.

To register or to donate to the Virtual Hike for Hospice, or learn more about the Chilliwack Hospice Society, visit them online at www.chilliwackhospice.org.

READ MORE: Chilliwack Hospice Society gearing up for annual Hike


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The Hike for Hospice always brings together staff, volunteers, and supporters from the community. This year, the hike will be held virtually, to encourage people to remain healthy and active during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted photo)

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