The 5th annual SRL K2 Ranch Walk and Hike For Hospice takes place Sunday, June 16th.
The event raises awareness and funds for the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley.
“Funds raised go towards the bereavement programs and services that Hospice provides,” explained Michele Neider, hospice society executive director. “We hope to raise awareness about and to promote the phenomenal work that all volunteers and professionals in the field perform daily.”
The annual event acknowledges the loss of loved ones even in the midst of the event itself.
“Paper butterflies are available for those who wish to write the names of loved ones and friends they are hiking in memory or in support of and carry with them along the way,” reported Ms. Neider. “When finished hiking, they are invited to pin their butterflies on a memorial banner that is hung in the Hospice office.”
Ms. Neider urged anyone interested in supporting the hospice society and the work they do to come out for the event, and commented that it is a wonderful way to remember loved ones.
“Being in nature allows for reflection and a connection to those that have departed,” she said, adding, “It also brings people together, and is a good reminder that people do not have to be alone in their grief process.”
The annual hike is held at the SRL K2 Ranch at the invitation of owners Bob and Barb Shaunessy. Attendees have reported they truly enjoy the location, its beauty, and the welcoming atmosphere.
Registration is $20; $30 for a family. The walk starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, phone 778-526-5143 or visit the hospice website at www.hospicesocietycv.com.