Pandemic prompts Bob Kemp Hospice to hold virtual hike, walk, run

Community Apr 21, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

You will be able to take part in the Bob Kemp Hospice Hike for Hospice event in rain or shine, in real time or in your own virtual world.

“We want people to come together and celebrate life and family,” said Clare Freeman, executive director of Bob Kemp Hospice. “We couldn’t give (the event up).”

Although the walk is an important source of needed revenue, it is also about “walking in memory of a loved one,” reflecting on past lives and celebrating the future, said organizers.

“It is a chance for people to remember together,” said Freeman.

Since organizers are uncertain whether the vital fundraising event would be held June 13 because of the coronavirus crisis, they decided to create an event that could be done through the website. Participation began April 1 and continues until Saturday, June 13.

“We wanted to keep it engaging for people,” said Freeman.

So far about 63 people have registered online for the fundraiser, with about 20 people participating off-line. The goal is to get about 100 people, she said.

Freeman said about $20,000 has already been raised, which is a phenomenal amount considering all charities are experiencing drops in donations during the pandemic.

Mountain Coun. Esther Pauls, a prolific runner, wanted to help the Bob Kemp Hospice during this time of need and immediately raced to sign up for the virtual run.

“All charities are suffering, and I wanted to do something to raise funds for Bob Kemp,” she said. “The funding is needed.”

Pauls is the captain of her City of Hamilton team for the organization’s virtual 5K hike. Pauls said she is committing to running or walking 5K every day until June.

“I am inviting others to do their own walk or run in their neighbourhood on one or more of those days,” said Pauls, adding she will be encouraging her council colleagues to join her.

Every year the Hike for Hospice event raises up to $115,000, which is a significant amount of funding for the charitable organization. The proceeds from the fundraising event go directly to Bob Kemp Hospice to help families.

Freeman said the pandemic has impacted the operation in a particularly emotional way. Just like other organizations, Bob Kemp Hospice has established physical distancing measures, including locking its doors and limiting physical contact.

But for family members, physical interaction is almost a necessity during their loved one’s end of life, said Freeman. They want to be near their loved ones during their final days, touching and hugging them. But, said Freeman, because of the physical distancing measures, they are prevented from that significant and emotional contact family members need.

Although Bob Kemp Hospice provides virtual interaction, it is just not the same for families trying to connect with loved ones, she said.

“We are doing everything we can to keep the connection,” said Freeman. “We do see the grief in their eyes. We are definitely suffering and grieving with them.”

The funding hike is an attempt to keep the community and staff engaged. Leading up to June 13, every week Bob Kemp Hospice members establish a fitness challenge. Every Thursday at 11 a.m. on the organization’s Facebook Live feed, a local celebrity will show up.

Freeman said they are requesting photos of participants, including from past events that will be used in a video montage to celebrate the people who are taking part.

She said the Runners Den, operated by Pauls’ son, will be holding an online class teaching people how to run virtually on April 28.

Freeman said if the city eases physical distancing restrictions by June 13, Bob Kemp Hospice will be holding a celebration at Confederation Park’s Edgewater Pavilion from 9 a.m. to noon. If not, the 3K and 5K run will be held online June 13 at 10 a.m.

Costs for registering is $35 for the 3K walk; $45 for the 5K run, and $10 for kids seven to 17. There are also family rates. To register go to www.kemphospice.org/events/hike-for-hospice.

Interested participants will be able to enter that they have completed the run or walk, and Bob Kemp Hospice will send a medal.

“We really want to bring some hope to people,” said Freeman. “This event allows us to celebrate the life of individuals here and their families. It is important we do that.”

Bob Kemp Hospice hosts virtual hike, walk or run fundraising event

Community Apr 21, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

You will be able to take part in the Bob Kemp Hospice Hike for Hospice event in rain or shine, in real time or in your own virtual world.

“We want people to come together and celebrate life and family,” said Clare Freeman, executive director of Bob Kemp Hospice. “We couldn’t give (the event up).”

Although the walk is an important source of needed revenue, it is also about “walking in memory of a loved one,” reflecting on past lives and celebrating the future, said organizers.

“It is a chance for people to remember together,” said Freeman.

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Since organizers are uncertain whether the vital fundraising event would be held June 13 because of the coronavirus crisis, they decided to create an event that could be done through the website. Participation began April 1 and continues until Saturday, June 13.

“We wanted to keep it engaging for people,” said Freeman.

So far about 63 people have registered online for the fundraiser, with about 20 people participating off-line. The goal is to get about 100 people, she said.

Freeman said about $20,000 has already been raised, which is a phenomenal amount considering all charities are experiencing drops in donations during the pandemic.

Mountain Coun. Esther Pauls, a prolific runner, wanted to help the Bob Kemp Hospice during this time of need and immediately raced to sign up for the virtual run.

“All charities are suffering, and I wanted to do something to raise funds for Bob Kemp,” she said. “The funding is needed.”

Pauls is the captain of her City of Hamilton team for the organization’s virtual 5K hike. Pauls said she is committing to running or walking 5K every day until June.

“I am inviting others to do their own walk or run in their neighbourhood on one or more of those days,” said Pauls, adding she will be encouraging her council colleagues to join her.

Every year the Hike for Hospice event raises up to $115,000, which is a significant amount of funding for the charitable organization. The proceeds from the fundraising event go directly to Bob Kemp Hospice to help families.

Freeman said the pandemic has impacted the operation in a particularly emotional way. Just like other organizations, Bob Kemp Hospice has established physical distancing measures, including locking its doors and limiting physical contact.

But for family members, physical interaction is almost a necessity during their loved one’s end of life, said Freeman. They want to be near their loved ones during their final days, touching and hugging them. But, said Freeman, because of the physical distancing measures, they are prevented from that significant and emotional contact family members need.

Although Bob Kemp Hospice provides virtual interaction, it is just not the same for families trying to connect with loved ones, she said.

“We are doing everything we can to keep the connection,” said Freeman. “We do see the grief in their eyes. We are definitely suffering and grieving with them.”

The funding hike is an attempt to keep the community and staff engaged. Leading up to June 13, every week Bob Kemp Hospice members establish a fitness challenge. Every Thursday at 11 a.m. on the organization’s Facebook Live feed, a local celebrity will show up.

Freeman said they are requesting photos of participants, including from past events that will be used in a video montage to celebrate the people who are taking part.

She said the Runners Den, operated by Pauls’ son, will be holding an online class teaching people how to run virtually on April 28.

Freeman said if the city eases physical distancing restrictions by June 13, Bob Kemp Hospice will be holding a celebration at Confederation Park’s Edgewater Pavilion from 9 a.m. to noon. If not, the 3K and 5K run will be held online June 13 at 10 a.m.

Costs for registering is $35 for the 3K walk; $45 for the 5K run, and $10 for kids seven to 17. There are also family rates. To register go to www.kemphospice.org/events/hike-for-hospice.

Interested participants will be able to enter that they have completed the run or walk, and Bob Kemp Hospice will send a medal.

“We really want to bring some hope to people,” said Freeman. “This event allows us to celebrate the life of individuals here and their families. It is important we do that.”

Bob Kemp Hospice hosts virtual hike, walk or run fundraising event

Community Apr 21, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

You will be able to take part in the Bob Kemp Hospice Hike for Hospice event in rain or shine, in real time or in your own virtual world.

“We want people to come together and celebrate life and family,” said Clare Freeman, executive director of Bob Kemp Hospice. “We couldn’t give (the event up).”

Although the walk is an important source of needed revenue, it is also about “walking in memory of a loved one,” reflecting on past lives and celebrating the future, said organizers.

“It is a chance for people to remember together,” said Freeman.

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Since organizers are uncertain whether the vital fundraising event would be held June 13 because of the coronavirus crisis, they decided to create an event that could be done through the website. Participation began April 1 and continues until Saturday, June 13.

“We wanted to keep it engaging for people,” said Freeman.

So far about 63 people have registered online for the fundraiser, with about 20 people participating off-line. The goal is to get about 100 people, she said.

Freeman said about $20,000 has already been raised, which is a phenomenal amount considering all charities are experiencing drops in donations during the pandemic.

Mountain Coun. Esther Pauls, a prolific runner, wanted to help the Bob Kemp Hospice during this time of need and immediately raced to sign up for the virtual run.

“All charities are suffering, and I wanted to do something to raise funds for Bob Kemp,” she said. “The funding is needed.”

Pauls is the captain of her City of Hamilton team for the organization’s virtual 5K hike. Pauls said she is committing to running or walking 5K every day until June.

“I am inviting others to do their own walk or run in their neighbourhood on one or more of those days,” said Pauls, adding she will be encouraging her council colleagues to join her.

Every year the Hike for Hospice event raises up to $115,000, which is a significant amount of funding for the charitable organization. The proceeds from the fundraising event go directly to Bob Kemp Hospice to help families.

Freeman said the pandemic has impacted the operation in a particularly emotional way. Just like other organizations, Bob Kemp Hospice has established physical distancing measures, including locking its doors and limiting physical contact.

But for family members, physical interaction is almost a necessity during their loved one’s end of life, said Freeman. They want to be near their loved ones during their final days, touching and hugging them. But, said Freeman, because of the physical distancing measures, they are prevented from that significant and emotional contact family members need.

Although Bob Kemp Hospice provides virtual interaction, it is just not the same for families trying to connect with loved ones, she said.

“We are doing everything we can to keep the connection,” said Freeman. “We do see the grief in their eyes. We are definitely suffering and grieving with them.”

The funding hike is an attempt to keep the community and staff engaged. Leading up to June 13, every week Bob Kemp Hospice members establish a fitness challenge. Every Thursday at 11 a.m. on the organization’s Facebook Live feed, a local celebrity will show up.

Freeman said they are requesting photos of participants, including from past events that will be used in a video montage to celebrate the people who are taking part.

She said the Runners Den, operated by Pauls’ son, will be holding an online class teaching people how to run virtually on April 28.

Freeman said if the city eases physical distancing restrictions by June 13, Bob Kemp Hospice will be holding a celebration at Confederation Park’s Edgewater Pavilion from 9 a.m. to noon. If not, the 3K and 5K run will be held online June 13 at 10 a.m.

Costs for registering is $35 for the 3K walk; $45 for the 5K run, and $10 for kids seven to 17. There are also family rates. To register go to www.kemphospice.org/events/hike-for-hospice.

Interested participants will be able to enter that they have completed the run or walk, and Bob Kemp Hospice will send a medal.

“We really want to bring some hope to people,” said Freeman. “This event allows us to celebrate the life of individuals here and their families. It is important we do that.”