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Local walk raises funds for Hogs for Hospice


by Sylene Argent

Sweltering heat didn’t stop a group of determined individuals from walking the around 10 kilometers from Cottam to Essex District High School on Saturday as part of a fundraiser for Hogs for Hospice.

  Dan and Kimberly Newman of Cottam organized the walk as supporters of the annual Hogs for Hospice event. They enjoy participating in many of the activities Hogs for Hospice offers each year, which typically includes charity rides and concerts in Leamington. Because of COVID-19, this year’s bike rally event has been cancelled, as many local events have been, but the Cottam couple still wanted to find a way to raise money for the cause.

  “I wanted to find a way to at least raise the funds I would have spent at Hogs for Hospice,” Kimberly said.

  The Newmans noted they have not had to experience hospice care for a loved one yet, but have many friends who have. They noted this service is an important one to the community, and they were pleased to find a way to help put some funds in its coffers.

  Walk participants were asked to practice social distancing and adhere to provincial pandemic regulations. Crew members of the Hogs for Hospice Headquarters passed out refreshments at the halfway point along the walk route, and greeted the participants at the fishline, located at the local high school, in a show of encouragement and support.

  Leading up to the walk, the participants collected pledges from friends, family members, and coworkers, and also made donations. Because of this dedication, the Newmans noted they were able to raise around $8000 for Hogs for Hospice.

  The organizers were pleased with the walk support and the funds raised. They hope Hogs for Hospice will be back in full swing next year.

  Kimberly noted Hogs for Hospice still has a few activities planned for this summer.

More information about Hogs for Hospice can also be found at: hogsforhospice.com.

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