The Hike for Hospice of Fayette County began registration this week and the entire community is invited to participate.
The Hike will be held on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m., beginning and ending at Merchants National Bank at 128 S. North St. in Washington Court House. The price of registration is $10 and includes a t-shirt as well as pizza and drinks following the hike. The hike will be held rain or shine.
Those who register by mail can pick up shirts on the day of the Hike beginning at 2 p.m. Pre-registered participants are asked to please arrive at 2:30 and those who did not pre-register should arrive by 2 p.m. for registration. Participants who don’t pre-register will not be provided an event shirt and additional shirts will not be available on the day of the hike. A participant group photo will be taken at 2:45 p.m. and bikes, pets on leashes, strollers and wagons are all welcome.
Don’t feel like hiking alone? Register a team and walk with co-workers, family or friends to help raise money for the patients of Hospice. Teams must have an appointed captain who can contact Hospice to receive an additional worksheet to record the teams’ activities. All team members must fill out, sign and return event registration forms along with payment by April 26. Forms can be returned by the member or team captain.
Awards will be given for the most hikers in a group (as well as a separate award for a youth team with the most hikers) and most donations per individual, team and corporate team.
“You can walk or run, alone or with a team and the shirts are all ready to go,” Hospice of Fayette County Marketing/Fundraising Coordinator Carolyn Moore said. “The hike this year is dedicated to the memory of Danny Lowe. I spoke with his wife and asked her what do you want the paper to really know about Danny? And she said that she wants the people to know he was very community-minded and always participated and donated his time and services to community activities. She said that he rarely charged and always did it to support community activities and organizations, which was important to him. I am fairly new to the hike, but I know for committee members and people who have been involved with the hike for many years, that this was important to them because Danny helped for so many years and always went out of his way to donate his services or time for our cause.”
For community members who would like more ways to donate, for the entire month of April every apple or cherry turnover purchased at Ranchers Roast Beef will net a 25 cent donation to Hospice. Ranchers’ hours are Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Additionally, personalized signs with a loved one’s name can be purchased for a $6 donation in memory to be featured during the “Memory Walk.” The signs will be placed down Community Drive in front of Grace Community Church for the hikers to read. The deadline for memory sign orders is April 21 and can be placed at the Hospice of Fayette County office or by mail at Hospice of Fayette County, 222 N. Oakland Ave., WCH, 43160.
Following the Hike, Hospice is encouraging those who purchased the signs to take them home and share them with their family. They can be picked up at the registration table immediately after the event or even at the Hospice office the week following.
“We have wonderful support in Fayette County and we love that so many community members come out, and we want to encourage all of them to continue to come out and enjoy the hike,” Moore said. “We also would like people from Highland and other surrounding counties where we service families to feel like they can come to the hike too. Even though it is not in their home county, we would like them to come as well.”
For more information about the Hike for Hospice of Fayette County, call Hospice at (740) 335-0149.
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