Hikers ready to hit the trails for Cowichan Hospice

The seventh annual Hike for Hospice hits the forest trails at Providence Farm about 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, May 3. This event, held to help the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society, not only raises funds but awareness about hospice palliative care in the Cowichan region.

Registration opens at 10 a.m. in front of the Providence Farm main building, if you haven’t already done it by emailing events.cvhs@shaw.ca or by calling 250-701-4242. The hike into the trees starts not long after some brief opening ceremonies.

The event continues until 1 p.m. which gives everyone time to enjoy a two kilometre or four kilometre walk along the gentle trails or in the peaceful labyrinth plus taking some time out for a foot spa, barbecue lunch or even some face painting.

And, don’t forget that leashed pets are welcome so bring your furry pal out for some socializing as well.

This year, there’s an extra incentive to stroll the trails.

Local businessman, Ken Matthews, a long-time supporter of the walk, is upping his contribution in a unique way.

He is challenging everybody to take a selfie in front of his Speedy Auto Glass sign out on the route.

You have to find it out on the trail. Once you’ve taken your selfie by the sign, then you need to post it on his company’s Facebook page and then he will donate $5 to hospice coffers.

In addition, the hospice society is getting a video made about this year’s event by another friend of the fundraiser with the aim of promoting the 2016 event so be sure to smile as you enjoy the event.