National Hospice Palliative Care Week runs May 4-10 under the theme Busting the Myths about Hospice Palliative Care.
The 100 Mile House District Hospice Palliative Care Society (HPCS), along with Sunrise Ford, Save-On-Foods and Focused Fitness, is participating in this Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association initiative.
HPCS volunteer Agnes Werth says the Ford Canada Drive 4UR Community Event will see Sunrise Ford on site at the Save-On-Foods parking lot on May 10, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with a variety of new vehicles to test drive and staff to assist you.
Just a few minutes of your time will see a $20 donation to the local hospice group from Ford Canada for every person who completes a test drive, she explains.
Werth adds barbecued hotdogs and beverages will also be available, and for the children, a bouncy castle will be set up (weather permitting) for playtime by donation.
“At some time in the future, there will be a raffle. I don’t know the date yet, but the raffle items will be displayed at this event.”
In another fundraiser for HPCS, the Second Annual Cariboo Spring 10-km Run, Relay or Walk Around the Lakes also happens May 10. It starts at the 108 Mile Heritage Site at 9 a.m. and includes five-kilometre walks for individuals or relays for teams of two.
It is sponsored by Focused Fitness, so call centre at 778-482-1796 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
See the related story in the April 30 edition of the 100 Mile House Free Press.
Werth notes one myth to be busted for the promotional week is that receiving hospice palliative care means you will die soon. The fact is that hospice palliative care is not just for the final days or months of life, it is a holistic approach, including pain/symptom management, caregiver support, spiritual care, bereavement and much more.
For more information, call the HPCS office at 250-395-7680.