An important local service
Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club member Evonne Delegarde presented Dundas County Hospice with a cheque for $2,500 during the Hike for Hospice Fundraiser on Sun., May 6. The cheque funds were raised from the profits of the club’s latest theatre production. From left, Lynn Gee, Linda Johnson, Lisa Casselman, MPP SDSG Jim McDonell, Ross Bennett, Paul Renaud, Sandra Jennings and Evonne Delegarde.     Sawyer Helmer photo

Roughly 50 hikers were piped into the beginning of the hike during the Hike for Hospice Fundraiser. Sawyer Helmer photo

Kalynn Sawyer Helmer
Record Staff
WILLIAMSBURG – Dundas County’s Hike for Hospice took place on Sun., May 6. The annual event that ranges across the county, helps to raise funds for programs of practical support and comfort for families in the area.

Dundas has participated for roughly six years now with their event taking place in different areas of the county. This year the group met in Williamsburg at J.C. Whitteker Park.

Before getting underway, Dundas County Hospice chair Paul Renaud welcomed everyone to the event and thanked those involved for their hard work. MPP SDSG Jim McDonell spoke to the crowd and said how important he believed the Hospice service is and that Dundas is lucky to have that service available to them.

On behalf of the Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club, Evonne Delegarde then presented them with a cheque for $2,500 from part of the proceeds of the latest club theatre production Madam’s Been Murdered, Tea Will Be Late.

Sandra Jennings, chair Fundraising said they took a different approach to the fundraising efforts this year. Sponsors could choose between bronze, silver and gold sponsorships plus Jennings said the individual support was superior.

With all donations and sponsorships tallied, the event raised over $9,000 that will stay in Dundas County. “We feel very blessed to be a part of this wonderful community,” said Lisa Casselman, Dundas County Hospice executive director.

In the early afternoon of the sunny Sunday, roughly 50 hikers arrived ready to make the trek. Matraca Bouchard of Waterfront Fitness in Morrisburg led the hikers in a 15-minute warm-up and the beginning of the hike commenced with a special bagpipe march for the first leg of the journey. After the hikers returned there was popcorn, snacks and cake for everyone to enjoy.