About Hike for Hospice Foothills

Q: Where is the hike and how do I get there?
A: The hike will begin at the Okotoks Curling Club (North end of Okotoks Rec Centre) - 99 Okotoks Drive. Link to Map

Q: Where do I park?
A:  Parking will be in the Okotoks Rec Centre Parking Lot. There will be parking attendants to direct you.

Q: When and what time will everything start?
A: Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Okotoks Curling Club. 1 PM - Festivities, registration, pledge drop-off and t-shirt pick. 2 PM - Hike begins.The event is finished after the Hike ends.

Q: Is there food and drinks?
A: Water, warm beverages and light snacks will be provided. Please bring a water bottle with you to take on the walk

Q: What do I wear and bring? 
A: Hike for Hospice goes forward rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather. Please be environmentally friendly and bring a refillable water bottle. Feel free to create custom t-shirts or costumes for your team. 

Q: How do I get a Hike for Hospice t-shirt? 
A: 2018 Hike t-shirts are available to the first 300 hikers that register online. We encourage you to pick them up early at the Foothills Country Hospice the week prior to the Hike. We do have some children's t-shirts as well. The remainder will be available on the day of the Hike on a first come basis. 

Q Are children welcome?
A: Absolutely. Hike for Hospice is an all-ages, family-friendly event. 

Q: How strenuous is the Hike? 
A: The route is 4 kilometres on paved pathways. Families with young children often bring strollers or wagons. The route is wheel-chair friendly.

Q: Are dogs welcome? 
A: You bet! Well-behaved and leashed dogs, accompanied by their owners, are very welcome.

Q: What happens if it rains on hike day?
A: Our hike goes forward rain or shine, please show up as scheduled and dress for the weather. A refund cannot be issued for weather related cancellations. We thank you for your understanding.

Fundraising / Donating

Q: Where does the money go?
A: Funds raised through Hike for Hospice Foothills support the programs and services provided by the Foothills Country Hospice Society.  

Q: What are Hike Pages?
A: Hike Pages are personal fundraising pages that are built in to our website to make fundraising simple for you. You can customize your Hike Page and email your friends and family to ask for their support. After you register you will be prompted to set up a Hike Page. Make sure to customize your page so that your supporters know why you’re supporting such a valuable cause. You can even link videos from YouTube and add a picture to your page.

Q: How do I direct people to my Hike Page?
A: When your page is set up, you will be assigned a URL (web address) this URL will be the same every year that you participate in Hike for Hospice Palliative Care. You can send your URL to friends and family, add it to your email signature, and post it to social media sites.

Q: Do I have to start a new Hike Page every year?
A: No. You can reactivate and update your page year after year. Once registration opens for your local event you will be able to log in and update your information. You will retain the same URL (web address) as previous years.

Q: How long does my Hike Page stay open?
A: Your page will be open for few weeks after the Hike on May 6th. Please contact your local hike coordinator to find out the exact date of closure.

Q: If I form a team and I am the captain, do I have a personal Hike Page, as well as a team page? If so, which one should I use to fundraise?
A: When you register as a team captain, or join a team, you will have both a personal Hike Page and Team Page. Which one you use depends entirely on you. If you want to collect donations from your personal page these donations will be attributed to you and will accumulate towards your team’s goal. If you want to raise funds just for the team, you should use the team page. Using the team page does not attribute donations to the hiker who solicited the donation, but does allow you to share donations amongst team mates.

Q: If someone sends me money, how do I add it to my Hike Page?
A: You can enter these funds as offline donations from within your Participant Centre. These funds will count towards achieving your goal amount.

Q: Is my credit card information secure?
A: Yes. Our system uses the latest encryption and security.

Q: Will I receive a charitable tax receipt for my donation?
A: Foothills Country Hospice Society is a registered charity and all donations $20 and above will receive a charitable tax receipt. Online donations receive an immediate receipt via e-mail. Offline donations will get a tax receipt mailed to them. Registration fees are not tax deductible. 

Who We Are

Our promise is to offer a serene, country setting where patients and their loved ones receive exemplary end-of-life and bereavement care. Our specially trained, professional staff and volunteers provide around-the-clock care to patients and their families in our unique, purpose-built rural hospice home. Attention is paid to physical needs, expert pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual needs as patients prepare for the last part of their life’s journey. The focus of all aspects of our care is on quality of life. Bereavement care and grief support is also offered to loved ones following a loss.

The Foothills Country Hospice began with the dreams and visioning efforts of a few local citizens who saw the need for a rural hospice home in the heart of the Foothills. Between 2002 and 2008, work went into implementing fundraising and public education plans, and it was through these efforts that the community became informed, engaged and committed to building an eight-bed hospice facility 1.5 km north of Okotoks. Support from individuals and groups in the surrounding communities continued to grow over time and we officially welcomed our first patient on January 28, 2008. Now in our tenth year of operation, we have compassionately cared for more than 1000 patients and their loved ones.

Hike for Hospice Foothills is part of the national Hike for Hospice Palliative Care campaign, which is coordinated nationally by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

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