The Townsend-Smith Foundation held its first annual Hike for Hospice May 26 at Milton Community Park. The event kicked off at 9:30 a.m. with registration, face painting, a photo booth, and a clown. Also attending were representatives of Halton Regional Police Service.

The province of Ontario leaves establishment of hospices is up to the communities themselves. The foundation’s goal is to set up a 10-bed 15,000 sq. ft. residential hospice somewhere in North Halton. They are working on a partnership with Conestoga College for the land. Conestoga College is in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University on the 400 acre Milton Education Village. “There’s a good chance the hospice will be situated on some of those lands,” Mayor Gord Krantz said.

Krantz blew a horn to start the walk through a 5km flat course in Wilmott Neighbourhood. Walkers included people of all ages and abilities. They included a couple from Oakville who participated using, polls, and a walker. Hikers were led by the Milton Winterhawks carrying a banner for Townsend-Smith.

The hike raised approximately $4500 for the Townsend-Smith Foundation, with the top fundraisers rewarded with a prize. The facility would cost approximately $3-5 million to build, and approximately $1.6 million to maintain. 50% of that is to be covered by community fundraising. The next fundraiser is a High Tea happening this fall. To learn more about the Townsend-Smith Foundation visit their website at: www.townsend-smith.ca

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