Meridian-sponsored Hike for Hospice raises $33,000 for Dorothy Ley Hospice in Toronto

When Tim Josefik, the manager of the Kipling Meridian Credit Union, told his employees to take a hike he meant it.

On May 2, seven employees at Josefik’s branch took him up on the request and volunteered at the Dorothy Ley Hike for Hospice, which Meridian’s Kipling branch sponsors every year.

“We look to support worthwhile causes and charities that add to the community,” said Josefik. “The Dorothy Ley Hike for Hospice has been our charity of choice over the past six years and our staff volunteer to help out in some way.”

The hike turned out to be a major success, raising over $33,000 for the Dorothy Ley Hospice.

Many small steps for a bigger cause

The hike is a nation-wide event hosted by hospices and palliative care organizations to help build awareness and raise funds.  People of all ages are invited and welcomed to walk, run or stroll to support the hospice's bereavement services.  A special tribute honouring deceased loved ones is the cornerstone of this special event.

“Good neighbours are there when you need them.  Meridian Credit Union is a great neighbour to Dorothy Ley Hospice but their support goes beyond the dollars and cents,” said Graham Hill, Resource Development Manager at the hospice.

“The dedicated staff at the Kipling branch volunteer at several of our community events.  Their support allows us to feel confident in our cash management process.  We know that they are there to help in any way they can,” said Hill.

The Dorothy Ley Hospice is a volunteer-based community service organization offering compassionate care to people living with the challenges of a life-limiting illness or loss. Their services are provided at no charge thanks to the generosity of their donors and community partners.

The Dorothy Ley Hospice works with community organizations and health care partners to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and support needs of people who have been told they have less than a year to live.  Each person is evaluated on a case by case basis to determine what help the hospice can provide for them.

Located at the Trillium Health Centre - Toronto West, across from Sherway Gardens Mall, the hospice has been in operation since 1990.

“I highly recommend people visit for a tour to learn more about how it benefits the community.  Meridian is proud to be able to support this wonderful organization and its volunteers,” said Josefik.

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