More than 400 participants and over 100 volunteers turned out in force at Valois Park in Pointe-Claire on Saturday, May 12th, for the second annual “Course pour la compassion,” a walk/run to benefit the West Island Palliative Care Residence. Together, they raised $35,000 net for the Residence. The community plays a crucial role in contributing the financial resources that allow the Residence to provide its care and services to all our patients free of charge.
The successful event, which will be repeated again next year, was founded and organized by Race Director, Debbie Elvidge and an enthusiastic committee of volunteers. Charles River Laboratories Inc. in Senneville was the lead corporate sponsor. The participants together collected donations from family and friends for their participation in the event’s 1-km walk, 5-km walk/run or 10-km walk/run.
It was an early morning full of fun and surprises, graciously hosted by Sharon Hyland from CHOM-FM. Activities included children’s kiosks with mascots, a candy bar, as well as other free snacks, drinks and samples. There was also an onsite massage service, fitness evaluation, door prizes and more to create a very festive atmosphere under sunny skies. Pointe- Claire Mayor John Belvedere and his team gave a warm welcome to all participants who ran or walked along with the many volunteers who lined the streets of the event route.
Local Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier Geoffrey Kelley, Quebec’s Minister Responsible for Native Affairs, was among the participants along with his entire family. Both of Mr. Kelley’s parents spent their last days at the Residence and the Kelley family have been longtime supporters.
It is extremely encouraging to see the great support for the Residence that has come from this grassroots event organized by the community,”
said Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Residence. “We give a big thank you to DebbieElvidge, her volunteer organizers and all participants for creating such a fun and successful run/walk that we are pleased to add to our calendar of annual community events that benefit the Residence.”
About the West Island Palliative Care Residence
The West Island Palliative Care Residence is an independent, community-operated facility that is now the largest free-standing palliative care residence in Canada. All services are provided free of charge to terminally ill patients and their families. The Quebec government pays about one-third of the operating budget with the balance, of over $3.5 million per year, raised in the community from events and individual and corporate donations. Recognized across Quebec and Canada for its excellence in palliative care, the facility has welcomed more than 3,800 patients in the final stages of ALS, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as their family members. To learn more, visit PalliativeCareResidence.com.