By Rhonda Massad
Walking with a back pack and a walking stick starting in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia to honour his father whose life ended in a palliative care facility, Ian Bos plans to take five months to walk across Canada to raise awareness to the growing needs of palliative care across the country.
“My father passed aways in January, my family wanted to do something to honour my father and say thank you for the care we received,” Ian Bos told The Suburban in an interview.
“Our family had such amazing care with the palliative care in our local town, we would love to raise money but awareness is our big key. Our family did not even know about palliative care until we needed it. Far too few Canadians have access to it,” he explained.
On the road a month when he arrived at West Island Palliative Care Residence in Kirkland, he was warmly received and offered shelter for as long as he needed. After spending the night at WIPCR he continued along his 6,000 Kilometre walk which included a stop at Kirkland City Hall escorted by Kirkland Mayor Michel Gibson, Pointe Claire Mayor Morris Trudeau, city councillors and over thirty well wishers.
“Its great when you have people like Ian proving to the world that we need more facilities like WIPCR its touches my heart,” Kirkland Mayor Michel Gibson said. “We need more people like Ian.”
Ian walks an average of 45 kilometres a day and hopes to raise $25,000 for palliative care. He has covered more than 1,200 kilometres of ground so far and hopes to arrive in British Columbia in October. Along the way Ian stays with various hospice groups, churches and camps when necessary.
To follow Ian on twitter@ianswalk2015 or on Facebook @ Ian’s Walk for End of Life Care To donate go to: http://tinyurl.com/os4cmu6