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Brought to you by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, the 2020 Hike for Hospice will take place VIRTUALLY on Saturday, September 19, 2020.
On Saturday, September 19th we would have been joined by hundreds of supporters taking on one of our three routes at Roth Park while raising money for VON Sakura House Residential Hospice. Although sadly that isn’t possible this year, we know how much our supporters love taking part in this event in memory of a loved one or with family and friends and we wanted to make sure you still had the chance to do this whilst supporting Sakura House- Oxford County’s only residential hospice!
This means you can hike, walk, run, cycle in your neighbourhood, park, on your treadmill, or wherever you please!
We need your support, enthusiasm, and energy to reach our goal of $80,000. We know that these are challenging times for all of us, but we hope that bringing teams, families, and friends together virtually for Sakura House will be a safe and positive thing. And, that together we can reach this goal with all of you! Because our patients and families deserve the best hospice care
Through the generosity of our sponsors, Hikers and the Oxford County community Hike for Hospice has raised over $872,000 over the past 17 years!
You can hike has an individual or form a team. Hikers register for free and get a t-shirt and access to their own fundraising page, where you can start asking family members, friends and co-workers to sponsor you.
Join us virtually on September 19th!
Our 2020 Virtual Hike for Hospice will take place Saturday, September 19, 2020!
Registration is now OPEN visit our event website and sign up!
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On the following dates and times, our staff and volunteers will be in the parking lot of 550 Ingersoll Ave, Woodstock where you can safely drop off your pledge forms and donations, pick up your event t-shirt and water bottle*, and place a flower on our memorial tree :
Monday Sept 14, 2020– 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday Sept 15, 2020 – 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Wednesday Sept 16, 2020 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday Sept 17, 2020 – 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Friday Sept 18, 2020 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday Sept 19, 2020– 9:00am to 12:00pm
*Must be a registered Hiker and have raised $250 or more confirmed gifts at the time of pickup
This event is made possible in large part because of our dedicated community of sponsors.
To find out more about sponsorship opportunities and advantages for the 2020 Hike for Hospice, contact Trish Gergich at email@example.com or 519-539-1231×269 or Kristina De Marzio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-709-8332
Sincere thanks to our Hike for Hospice 2020 Sponsors
Angel of Tea | Bliss Beauty Bar by Kari | Bombs Away Bath Bombs & Bath Products | Boston Pizza Woodstock | Drumbo Dog Spaw | Giant Tiger Woodstock | Grazing Hill Charceuterie | Kim’s Floral Kreations | Miss Woodstock Restaurant | Rachael Little Photography | Teal Anchor Boutique | The Collared Pooch | The Country Table Frozen Food Outlet | The Shop in Princeton: An Artesian Market | Sweet Snax by Sarah
To view photos from the 2019 Hike for Hospice, visit our Facebook Page.
Are you looking for a meaningful part-time job in community healthcare? We are currently hiring casual Home Helpers to work in Woodstock, Norwich and Plattsville.
What is a Home Helper? A Home Helper does light housekeeping for clients in their home, prepares meals, provides companionship and conversation to the clients and observes and evaluates the individual’s/family’s home, personal situation and client/family care plan to ensure proper care.
This position is only required during the day, not evenings, and has flexible work hours. Read the job description here: https://jobs.jobvite.com/von/job/o8WXbfwW
Apply today to help individuals in our community stay in their home and live their lives to the fullest.
More than 860 guests, 28 sponsors and over 100 volunteers “painted the town” and raised a record-breaking amount for VON Sakura House on January 17, 2020.
We are excited to officially announce the final grand total and the net proceeds of the event – an amazing $170,849!! This is the largest amount raised since the Handbags for Hospice fundraiser began 10 years ago.
A special part of the evening was the “fund-a-need” segment, asking guests to help reach a goal of $50,000 to build a beautiful courtyard oasis in the patient wing. This goal was reached in five minutes when 375 donors raised $55,924 to make this wish come true. A heartfelt thanks to our family representative Barbara Goldhawk who spoke about her daughter Karyn and Stephanie McGaffey, one of our long-time Registered Nurses, who spoke about her experiences and need for this courtyard space.
We couldn’t have done this event without the help of our hard-working and passionate 2020 Handbags for Hospice Organizing Committee: Christie Birch, Jayne Brewster, Karen Culley, Kim DeGraaf, Nancy Howse, Cathy Lee, Sarah Pimentel, Jill Roberts, and Louisa Russell.
A special thanks to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada as the Handbags for Hospice Title Sponsor.
We are in awe of our community. Thank you.
For more information, please contact: Trish Gergich Manager, Fund Development 519-539-1231 ext 269 or email@example.com Cell: 519-476-8848
Dear Community Member,
I want to tell you about Karyn.
Karyn first came to Sakura House for a tour in January of this year. After spending several months under the care of our lead doctor, Dr. Karen Fryer, at her home in Woodstock, the treatments for her breast cancer had stopped working. She visited Sakura with her mother, Barb, who remembers Karyn saying right away that “it is so peaceful here.”
Karyn moved into Sakura House on March 15th. Barb said there was “always laughter coming out of Karyn’s room. The staff and volunteers were so kind and gentle and funny. They could really get her laughing.” The goal for their family was to keep the sadness and despair out her room as much as they could. Every morning Karyn would choose a quote for the day to inspire her. She had a few favourites: “We love you to the moon and back,” and “Today is a good day to have a good day.” When she couldn’t choose them anymore, her family would pick one from the quotes she had collected online with her Pinterest account.
Peace and laughter, these were two things that Sakura House gave to Karyn for the 16 days she spent there. Your donation is what makes that gift possible. I hope Karyn’s story will inspire you to make a gift today. Even $50 can make a difference.
Karyn was 36 years old, she was married to Brian and they had two beautiful girls. Malia is five years old and Malyn is three years old. Barb describes Karyn as a “rule follower. She was always kind. She was a compassionate and caring person, always for the underdog or for those who were hurting.” She was drawn to the caring profession and became an autism specialist. “When Karen came into the room, the place lit up.”
Karyn spent the good part of a year helping her two girls plan for their lives without her. She filled out the book “Mom, tell me your story please?” to help answer some of the questions her girls might have as they grow up. She also hand-wrote messages to their teachers to help them navigate their school years. “The girls visited their mom daily and brought joy to the hospice when you heard their little feet run down the hall to see mommy,” recalls Barb.
When the pain was too much, Karyn’s mother Barb remembers the nurses asking them to leave the room. They instinctively knew what Karyn and the family needed in that moment. Barb remembers feeling such a wave of relief that Karyn’s pain would be eased. “Sakura House gave my daughter the time and place to live the final days of her life with dignity and connection. They cared for Karyn affirming she was beautiful, loved and understood.” The kind of care that Karyn received is made possible because of donors like you.
Our residential hospice provides compassionate end-of-life care at no cost to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A skilled team of nurses, personal support workers, physicians, a social worker and specially trained volunteers are there to help. Hospice care is covered only partially by government funding so we need to raise more than $600,000 each year to cover the gap. That is why your donation is so important.
Karyn died at Sakura House on March 31, 2019. One of her final quotes in her room was “cultivate kindness.” It is a message that will be carried forward into the lives of her family members and friends. And, it is a message that we can all strive for and that lives within your gift to Sakura House.
Giving cultivates kindness. This holiday season, please consider a gift to VON Oxford Sakura House to honour Karyn’s wish.
Volunteer Chair, VON Oxford Community Corporation
P.P.S. Make your gift before midnight on December 31st, 2019 to receive your 2019 charitable tax receipt.
Karyn’s husband Brian said that “Karyn would have wanted this, for her story to have meaning and to inspire others.”
Giving Tuesday is coming up on on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. If you are thinking about making a gift that day or doing something special to honour or remember a loved one, we hope you will do so with Karyn in mind!
Karyn spent 16 days at Sakura House this past March. Each day she would pick a quote to inspire her. One of her last quotes was “cultivate kindness.”
We will be sharing more about Karyn and her wish for kindness on Giving Tuesday.
🦋 Donate Early here: https://www.von.ca/en/
Handbags for Hospice 2020 tickets will go on sale this Thursday, November 21st at 10:00am. The event takes place on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Oxford Auditorium in Woodstock, Ontario.
You can purchase your tickets two different ways this year, starting at 10:00am this Thursday:
2. By telephone: call 519-539-1231 and use extensions 224 or 269.
Tickets are $70 each and there is maximum purchase of eight tickets per person. Bottles of red or white wine can be added for $30 each. Questions? Contact Kristina at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-539-1231 ext. 224.
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