Online Hike for Hospice raises over $26,000 for hospice care in Toronto
Top individual, youth fundraisers represented by Hospice Toronto at first-ever online Hike for Hospice
by Adam Lam
Adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, fundraisers with Hospice Toronto, the Philip Aziz Centre, and Emily’s House raised over $26,000 for palliative care from July 31 to September 12 in Toronto’s first-ever Virtual Hike for Hospice.
Hike for Hospice is an online fundraising initiative where volunteers registered and held their own symbolic ‘walk,’ raised enthusiasm through videos and photos, and received messages of support from donors. Practicing social distancing, these participants walked and biked outside, climbed stairs, and worked out on ellipticals and treadmills while raising funds for an important cause.
Chris McEvenue, Managing Partner at CPC Healthcare Communication, was recognized as the top individual fundraiser at the event, raising $2185.00 for Hospice Toronto, and Sienna R. also won the Youth Prize for raising $430 for Hospice Toronto.
As McEvenue noted to Hospice Toronto: “It’s tough being a not-for-profit, and COVID hasn’t made that easier. Hospice Toronto needs to keep finding new ways of appealing for support where so many charities are doing the same.”
He then raised attention to Hospice Toronto’s next upcoming major fundraiser: the Virtual Gala, held online on October 22 starting at 7:00 pm. “It’ll be an amazing event, with guests that include Rick Mercer, Elizabeth Manley, Maggie Casella and Josh Matlow,” he noted. “It’s free to attend and people can register by going to givergy.ca/hospicetoronto/. It’s going to be a great event, which will, over and above our special guests, include a silent auction of some incredible items.”
“Hospice Toronto is also looking for more ‘predictable’ donations, so someone might consider becoming a monthly donor,” he continued. “Or they might make to make a bequest, in someone’s memory. If you go to hospicetoronto.ca, you can see there are many ways to make a difference.”
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