Hike, Walk or Run for Hospice

For this hike, every step matters!   In fact, they count a lot.   The funds raised will go to furnish and finish our community’s new Hospice which is now being constructed.  The Hospice will provide a home-like environment for those needing end of life care and is expected to open in the fall of this year.

You can take part in so many ways!  Enter as an individual, create a team with your co-workers, your friends or your family.    It promises to be a day filled with fun, for folks of all ages.   The hike takes place on October 2, 2021 at two locations—the Coxheath Hills Wilderness Trail and the Coxheath Recreation Park.

It’s easy to join in on the fun.    On this site, you’ll find everything you need to be a part of the Hike for Hospice, from how to register to tips on raising funds.   You can run, walk or saunter along as you enjoy the many activities that will be part of this special day.

And, hiking for Hospice could make you a winner!   Well, you’re a winner for participating in the first place, but you could also win some really great prizes!   For every $50 raised, your name goes on a ballot and you could win!    There’s also a chance to buy tickets on an Even Split.    Our top fundraisers will have multiple chances to win:

  • STIHL bucks worth $500—which can be used to purchase any one of the amazing STIHL products.
  • Cub Cadet bucks for $1,000—which you can use to purchase any Cub Cadet product.
  • Kubota bucks for $2,000—which can be used to purchase any of the fine Kubota products.

The rain date is October 3, 2021, but we know we won’t need it!

Location #1: Coxheath Hills Wilderness Trail

We’ll get you warmed up with Island Chiropractic.  Along the trail, you’ll be serenaded by local musicians performing at a number of points along the trail.  And, since you’re out in nature, a number of wildlife experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the birds and animals that make this area their habitat.  In fact, Dave Harris of Information Morning’s Bird Hour will be one of the experts!

The Cape Breton University Biology Society will be doing some demonstrations, including tree core sampling; water sampling for algae and naturalists will be helping you to identify woodland flora and fauna—such as plants, mosses, lichen on trees and rocks.   You’ll be soaking in the beautiful colours of autumn—getting some fresh air and learning some new things along the way.  This is a hike with heart.

This hike will also be music to your ears!  Some of our Island’s best musicians will be on hand to keep you motivated and moving.  You’ll enjoy the sounds of Shelley’s Boularderie Drum Group, the Membertou Drum Group, CBU Pipers, Bradely Murphy, Laurie Murchison, Morgan Toney, Jim Guy and Marie Neville.

We’re also giving out 300 Red Spruce seedlings provided by Strathlorne Nusery.  They can be planted at designated areas on the trail, or you can take them home to plant where you wish.    You can do so in honour of a loved one and watch your memory take root.

Location #2: Coxheath Walking Track

At this location, live and local entertainers will take the stage.   This Island is known for its musical heritage, so you know the entertainment will be top notch.  And, for kids, young and old, CBRM Recreation will be on hand providing fun activities and games in the field area.   Our friends at CJCB/K94 will be doing a live broadcast and we’ll also be streaming live on Facebook—so folks from far and wide can join in on the fun.

Where will I park you may be wondering?   We’ve taken care of that.   Busing will be available to and from the event from the County Arena parking lot.

And you won’t miss a beat listening to the great sounds of Rock It, Carol Ann and family, Duane Nardocchio and the Calgary Youth Fiddlers.

There will also be lots of fun activities for kids of all ages.   CBRM Recreation will be on hand with lots of colourful equipment, an obstacle course and tons of equipment for some free and fun play.  Coaches will be there to work with the kids, teach them new skills and double the fun!   There will also be a chance to try out pickleball on the tennis courts and enjoy being a part of healthy outdoor fun.

We’re so thankful you’re taking part and helping to raise funds for the Hospice, we’ll put  your name on a ballot for every $50 you raise.

Register Online

Sign up, create a personal fundraising page and keep track of your pledges online.

Please Note: To register for this event, you must read and agree to the waiver.

Register Offline

If you prefer to do a manual registration, you can pick up the pledge form at any Pharmasave in the CBRM or email us at assistant.cbhospice@gmail.com

Raffle & Prizes

50/50 sales will take place at the event.

 

  • STIHL bucks worth $500—which can be used to purchase any one of the amazing STIHL products.
  • Cub Cadet bucks for $1,000—which you can use to purchase any Cub Cadet product.
  • Kubota bucks for $2,000—which can be used to purchase any of the fine Kubota products.

Donate Online

Your online donation will support Hospice Cape Breton. Make a donation online to either a team, individual, or to Hospice Cape Breton.

 

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Our Sponsors

 

Our generous sponsors are helping to make this day possible. We are so grateful to each and every one of them—including our major sponsor Keltic Kubota. These businesses and organizations are all about customer service and about giving back to our community. Our thanks goes to:

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor—we’d welcome your support!   Just call Laurie Murchison at 902-574-7136.

Hike for Hospice Team Guide

Thank you for taking part in our first Hike for Hospice.    Now we want to provide a few tips to make it easier for you to raise money.   Remember that you are contributing to a very worthy cause, and that many of your friends and family will want to support you.

One way to get people involved is to create a team.  As the team captain, you can then motivate others and raise even more money.   Here are some ideas to help you get the results you want:

 

As early as eight weeks before the hike:

  • Recruit team members
  • Come up with a team name, and think about getting special t-shirts made for the day.
  • Your team can be made up of co-workers, your friends, your family or your community group.  Some of the people you contact may already know the impact and importance of hospice palliative care, and others can rest assured we will be there for them in the future.   If people want to learn more about Hospice Cape Breton, we will be happy to provide information, or they can go to hospicecapebreton.org to learn more.
  • Some may want to walk in memory of a loved one, making every step even more meaningful.
  • Provide pledge forms to team members to help them get involved and motivated.

 

Six weeks before hike day:

  • Rally your team and come up with ideas and who can be approached for a pledge.
  • Set a team goal–the average is about $200 per person—but it’s important to choose a number you’re comfortable with.
  • Remember for every $50 your team member raises, their name goes on a ballot and a chance to win some great prizes!
  • Ask your team members if they want to come up with a cheer that reflects the team name and the fun nature of the event.
  • As the team captain, it’s important to stay in touch with your team to keep them motivated.  If someone is having difficulty raising funds, here are some suggestions to help them reach their goal
  • Remember you can ask family members to sponsor you.    You can send an email or Facebook Post asking for a donation from friends.   Ask your co-workers if they will sponsor you.   Ask the businesses you frequent if they will donate.  Ask your employer if they will consider making a donation.   Remember by using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you will be surprised at just how many people you will reach.
  • Make it easy for people to donate, through follow up, e-transfers or offer to pick up any funds they wish to provide.

 

At the hike:

  • Muster your team members and thank them for taking part.
  • Enjoy every minute of the fun activities planned, the music that is being provided and the beautiful autumn colours that surround you.
  • Take lots of pictures!
  • Remind your teammates that they are making a difference and their contribution is greatly appreciated.
  • Most importantly though, have fun!!

 

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