The 4th annual ‘Course pour la compassion’ walk/run goes virtual and raises a record-breaking $104,438 net for the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence

More than 280 people took part virtually on September 26th  in the fourth annual ‘Course pour la compassion’ , a walk/run to benefit the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence. Together, they raised an astonishing/record-breaking $104,438 net all of which will be directed to providing quality palliative care to patients and support for their families.

Although the event had to be postponed from its original Spring date due to the pandemic, the organizing committee reinvented this key fundraising activity for the Residence and was thrilled to have so many participants join virtually.

The ‘Course’ allows participants of all ages and abilities to take part offering 1K, 5K or 10K walk/run routes and create personal crowdfunding pages to raise funds for the cause.

This year, Pfizer supported the Course as the title sponsor.  “We are proud to power the ‘Course pour la compassion’ and support quality palliative care in our community,” said Grand’Maison, Senior Legal Counsel,

Pfizer Canada. “Our employees have been volunteering for different initiatives at the Residence for many years. Participating in this healthy, community-based fundraising activity was the perfect way for the Pfizer team to continue supporting a great cause.”

The Residence was happy to count on the ongoing support from Charles River Laboratories Inc. in Senneville, who has been generously supported this event since the beginning.

The virtual event was broadcast live on the Residence’s Facebook and graciously hosted by Sharon Hyland from CHOM FM and Sandra Hudon. Top fundraisers were announced and a fun warm up video was shared before the race kick off at 9:30 a.m.

Local Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier Greg Kelley along with his entire family was amongst those who participated virtually in the Course.

“While we may not add days to life, we surely do add life to days. I am deeply grateful to all the walkers, runners, sponsors, donors and volunteers who continue to support the Residence. Thanks to their vital role, we are able to provide our patients and their families with the quality palliative care they deserve, free of charge,” said Dale Weil, Executive Director of the Residence.

About the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence

The Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence is an independent, non-profit organization that provides services free of charge to patients and their families. The Residence receives one third of its annual operating budget from the Quebec government and relies on community support and fundraising activities to raise the balance of more than $3.8 million each year. With its 23 beds, the Residence is the largest free-standing palliative care facility in Canada and is recognized as a leader in its field.

In September 2020, the Residence, originally known as the West Island Palliative Care Residence, changed its name to the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence to honour the legacy of its late co-founder Teresa Dellar. Teresa was not only the co-founder and the Executive Director of the Residence for close to 20 years, she was also its champion and built it up to where it is today. She made a difference to so many people and inspired the community to continue her vision.

SOURCE:  Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence

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