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Hike for Hospice 2020

Brought to you by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, the 2020 Hike for Hospice will take place VIRTUALLY on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

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ABOUT 

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!


REGISTRATION

Our 2020 Virtual Hike for Hospice will take place Saturday, September 19, 2020!

Registration is now OPEN visit our event website and sign up!

Hike for Hospice – Extra Pledge Form

 


SPONSORSHIP

 

This event is made possible in large part because of our dedicated community of sponsors.

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities and advantages for the 2020 Hike for Hospice, contact Trish Gergich at trish.gergich@von.ca or 519-539-1231×269 or Kristina De Marzio at kristina.demarzio@von.ca or 519-709-8332

 

Sincere thanks to our Hike for Hospice 2020 Sponsors

Title Sponsor

HB Logo - TMMC

Platinum Sponsor

 

Gold Sponsor

 

 

Trail Sponsors

AgroSpray Ltd.| Finoro Homes Ltd.

 


PHOTO GALLERY

To view photos from the 2019 Hike for Hospice, visit our Facebook Page.


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VON Oxford has created a Covid-19 Response Fund to address urgent food security needs in our community.

“A meal is hope and love.” Oprah

Our VON Oxford team has been working diligently to help more than 800 clients during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve had to close programs and send our volunteers home. But, right away we started doing check-in calls and making resource packages. We redeployed our staff to help screen visitors at VON Sakura House and to take on the delivery routes for our Meals on Wheels program.

It has been a challenging time but it has also been incredibly rewarding to take care of our community. After six weeks of checking in and listening to clients, we are hearing that access to food and having enough food to eat are emerging issues. We knew we needed to act and we are now asking for your help.

VON Oxford has identified these funding priorities for our local VON Oxford Covid-Response Fund:

  1. Emergency Food Delivery: A donation of $20 covers the average cost of a trip to deliver groceries to an individual’s home in rural Oxford County.

  2. Emergency Grocery Care Boxes: A donation of $100 will pay for grocery care box that will support someone for up to two weeks.

  3. Home Help Subsidies: A donation of $16.50 will cover the one-hour cost of our Home Help program that helps individuals with grocery pick-up, meal preparation and laundry services.

  4. Meals on Wheels Subsidies: A donation of $20 will provide $2.00 subsidies to 10 individuals who are struggling with the cost of a meal.

Will you help someone in Oxford County today?

You can donate now to the VON Oxford Covid-19 Response Fund.


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VON Oxford is operating these essential programs during the Coronavirus Pandemic:

If you need support or know someone who could benefit from these programs or other community supports, please call 1-888-866-7518 (toll-free) or email oxford.intake@von.ca


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COVID-19 Update:
In response to the risk of COVID-19, VON Oxford has made the decision to close group/congregate programs effective immediately and until further notice.
This includes the following programs;
• SMART exercise classes
• Dining Programs
• Grief and bereavement groups
• Blood Pressure Clinics
Other programs continue to run at this time. Our staff are completing screeners on ALL clients prior to providing service. If they experience any symptoms, clients are moved to a cough corner and sent home immediately. Those who live with someone who is in self isolation should not attend work/programs.
Programs continuing to run at this time are as follows;
• Adult Day and Overnight Respite programs
• Meals on Wheels
• Transportation – medical appointments only
• Home at Last
VON is encouraging that our staff work from home if possible. Instead of coming into our office, we encourage:
Clients to make their bill payments online through their banks, call in a credit card payment or mail a cheque;
Donors to make donations online (www.von.ca/en/donate-now-to-von-oxford), call in a credit card donation or mail a cheque;
Cheques can be mailed to VON Oxford at 550 Ingersoll Avenue, Woodstock, ON N4S 4Y3
Please call 519-539-1231 for any questions related to programs. If you have questions about donations or your 2019 charitable tax receipt, please email oxfordgiving@von.ca or call 519-476-8848.

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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.


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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 trish.gergich@von.ca Cell: 519-476-8848


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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.

Thank you,

John Goodbun

Volunteer Chair, VON Oxford Community Corporation

P.S. You can help make a family’s life a little easier with a gift to Sakura House. Every donation helps.

P.P.S. Make your gift before midnight on December 31st, 2019 to receive your 2019 charitable tax receipt.


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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/donate-now-to-von-oxford-sakura-house


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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:

1. Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-handbags-for-hospice-tick…

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 oxfordgiving@von.ca or call 519-539-1231 ext. 224.


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At VON Canada, we’re focused on extending the reach of health care providers into communities to enhance the quality of life for our clients — and to create the conditions that help people become and stay healthy and well.

Through the use of Sensory Technologies’ eShift platform, VON Canada has been part of an innovative model of care that better supports palliative and complex patients, while making the delivery of home care easier and more efficient.

For eight years, the VON team has been delivering specialized home care services across Ontario. Recent work with the London Health Sciences Centres award-winning Connecting Care to Home (CC2H) initiative, helping clients with COPD and heart failure manage their illness in a home setting, has resulted in 47.9% cost savings and a reduction in patient length of stay of 59%.

EShift provides clients with direct, 24/7 access to a VON Directing Registered Nurse, and they benefit from an integrated “one care team” approach that includes a common Electronic Health Record across all care settings.

A three-year study, led by Western University, concluded that the eShift model of care supported patients to die in their place of choice, reduced caregiver stress and burden, resulted in shorter hospital stays (with an overall reduction of nearly 60%), and is proven to lower readmission rates in complex end of life patients, with rates now below 2%.

Through the use of eShift, VON Canada health care teams reported high job satisfaction, high interpersonal collaboration, and believed they were providing high quality care to patients and their families.

VON and Sensory Technologies are excited to continue to work together to deliver a superior model of care to those who need it most —and to pursuing new opportunities in Ontario and beyond.


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