Giving Tuesday, a global movement day for giving and volunteering, takes place each year on the Tuesday following Black Friday.
Heartland Hospice is pleased to announce its GivingTuesday initiative, an online 50/50 draw. Sales for the fundraiser started on Nov. 1 here and will close on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30.
This is an opportunity to improve the quality of life for those nearing their end of life journey.
“This is a day dedicated to giving. Different non-profits and charities do different events throughout the month. Of course things have changed with COVID-19, which is why we chose to do the fundraising online,” says Heartland Hospice director, Sara Bryan. “In our case, we are using it to raise funds in Moose Jaw,” she continued.
Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw Inc. is a local non-profit charity working to establish a sacred care space for palliative residents.
“We just got the fundraising approval from Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) so our goal is to continue working with the SHA and Ministry of Health to enhance the delivery of patient and family-centred care within a hospice facility for Moose Jaw and area,” said Bryan.
Currently as of 2018, there is only one dedicated hospice bed available to patients at Pioneer Lodge. The Heartland Hospice will be spending the next year focused on fundraising with the hopes of achieving additional dedicated hospice space in the near future.
“Hospice care is one of those things that you don’t realize the need for until someone that you know or love is on this journey. With the amount of cancer and terminal illnesses, the one bed we have in Moose Jaw is just not enough and we want to make this a beautiful place to support the community and those that are in the final chapters of their life and ultimately support the people who are supporting them without the other focus of demands,” explains Bryan.
“We had a very generous donation of a gazebo so that will be going up in the spring on a cement pad, so that will be a nice place outside where the people in the hospice can go in the warmer months,” said Bryan.
The serenity garden serves as a place of beauty and quiet, the already started garden is located outside of where the current hospice wing is. The garden is inclusive to everyone at Pioneer Lodge.
Ideally, the dedicated hospice space will include:
-Three decorated and furnished Hospice Palliative rooms
-A renovated and decorated family room complete with library resources, a playpen, and activities for children.
-Continual development of the Serenity Garden
-A private family access door into the hospice
Heartland Hospice is passionate about promoting quality of life, compassion in death and ensuring comfort to those who are in need during bereavement.