To mark the start of National Hospice Palliative Care Week, the foundation of the house of palliative care Source Bleue organizes a march on Sunday to finance its activities.
The house Blue Source, which is located in Boucherville, a southern suburb of Montreal, provides free palliative care to terminally ill patients.
Nicole Tremblay, CEO of the foundation, explained that the property is partially subsidized by the government, but this represents only 42 percent of its budget – which oscillates between 2.4 and $ 2.5 million. It must collect about $ 1.5 million more to maintain the services of the house.
The hospice, which is the second largest of its kind in Quebec, has 16 rooms and houses about 300 patients per year, according to Ms. Tremblay. Patients are supervised by 170 volunteers, 60 employees and seven doctors.
Last year the event attracted 600 walkers and raised $ 160,000. This year, the foundation is looking for 800 participants and raise $ 200,000.
Several personalities will attend the event, including former athlete Montreal Alouettes and spokesman of the foundation, Éric Lapointe, his old friend on the team, Étienne Boulay, and Chantal Lacroix leaders and Josée Boudreault.
Two courses are designed for walking, a five-kilometer and the other ten kilometers. The first start will be at 9 am from the establishment that is located on the rue de Montbrun.