Every year, at this time, we are typically preparing for and looking forward to what has always been a wonderfully enjoyable outing on the streets of Toronto when all of our Donors, Volunteers, Caregivers and their friends and families get together to enjoy the Annual Hike for Hospice.
Until very recently this year had been no different. Working together as the Hike for Hospice Toronto Partners comprised of Hospice Toronto, The Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care and Emily’s House, we had been greatly anticipating kicking off our Summer fundraising season with what would be our 18th Annual Hike for Hospice.
Unfortunately, as you are no doubt aware, the World has been presented with a challenge unlike anything that any of us have ever experienced. The Covid-19 virus is impacting every individual and business across Canada and it is not possible at this point to say with any degree of certainty as to when its impact will no longer be felt.
Therefore, it is with sincere regret that we inform you of our intention to postpone the Annual Hike for Hospice (which has always taken place on the first Sunday of May each year) to a later date in Early Fall.
With the situation developing as it has been and with the clear advice from the relevant authorities being to avoid large gatherings of people, we acknowledge the potential that planning for a physical Hike (even in Fall this year) may present unique challenges which may affect our ability to do so. Stay tuned for some exciting plans for a Fall Hike for Hospice, including a “Virtual Hike”.
The Covid-19 situation has reminded each of us just how quickly our lives can change and although 2020 began just like any other year – with celebration and optimism for the year ahead – things have changed dramatically in the space of a few weeks.
It is in this context that we ask you to keep in mind those individuals who had already faced difficult challenges in their lives. We continue to endeavor to provide much needed support to those in our communities suffering from serious and chronic illness, those receiving palliative care and their families and caregivers. They especially need any assistance they can get at this very difficult time in their lives.
We are obviously very disappointed that we cannot host the Annual Hike for Hospice as planned in May this year, but we recognize the need to focus on changing our own routine behavior or practices in order to minimize the impact of Covid-19 within our communities and in particular to protect those most vulnerable and at risk.
We trust you will understand our decision to postpone the Hike and hope you will join in supporting us in the Early Fall.
Thank you, stay safe, wash your hands and let’s all try and look after one another.