The coffee’s on and everybody’s invited to have a sip with friends on Thursday, June 13 in support of Hospice Prince Edward.
Community generosity overflowed at last year’sfirst-ever Coffee Party as friends, co-workers, neighbours, book clubs, walking groups, church groups and participating shops raised their mugs in support of hospice and raised more than $22,500.
The theme of this year’s event is “From Your Home to Ours” in celebration of the new residential hospice home at 40 Downes Ave., Picton, which is to open in June.
“This is perfect timing because the residential hospital is scheduled to open in June and even though the cost of the home is paid for, we’ll need to keep it running and have maintenance and hydro bills and other ongoing costs,” said Karen Giraudy, co-chair of the event, with Kathleen Hegedus-Beeksma.
“Hosting a coffee party is a fun and relaxing way to visit with your neighbours and raise awareness of hospice in our commmunity,” said Giraudy. “You can invite guests into your home, business, church, community centre, or any other gathering place. Simply brew some locally roasted coffee, maybe add a few sweets, and in return, guests are invited to make a donation in support of the work of Hospice Prince Edward.”
“Last year we raised $22,500 through 48 parties and we already have 43 registered for this year. “We are hoping to get that up to 55 parties,” said Giraudy.
Co-chair Hegedus-Beeksma notes people can also support hospice by attending the public events.
“There are a lot of churches and other public places hosting coffee parties – including St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, Bloomfield United, the Salvation Army and Miss Lily’s Cafe. Picton United Church is setting up to host a large crowd a few days later, on June 19. The lunch is by free will offering. Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.”
To get started with your coffee party, pick up a registration form from the Hospice office, or register your party online at www.hospiceprinceedward.ca For details, call Hospice at 476-2181, x 4253. The deadline for registration is June 10.
Each host receives a half pound of County Roasters coffee, donated by Brad and Esther Lynd and an information kit.
“We are pleased to sponsor this event,” said Brad Lynd. “It is such a great way to partner with the community to help Hospice expand palliative services that will benefit many members of our community.”
All proceeds from the event will support programs and services offered by Hospice, which provides palliative care assistance free of charge to individuals facing life-limiting illness, while offering compassionate grief support to their families.
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