BY BILL PHILLIPS
Mayor Lyn Hall knows, first hand, what it means to have the support of the Prince George Hospice House when dealing with the death of family member or friend.
“For us, we’ve had a couple of very close friends use the Hospice services,” he said Tuesday. “It really hits home when that happens. Just to walk through the door at Hospice House gives you a sense of comfort, a sense of peace, because of the staff and the way they treat, not only the family, but the individuals.”
Hall is urging Prince George residents to get out and buy a ticket on the Hospice House Dream Home lottery. The draw is Friday, December 1, so time is running out.
“It’s so important for the community to support Hospice and purchase a ticket to the Dream Home because ultimately, at the end of the day, it helps Hospice deliver the programs that they do in our community,” Hall said.
The Dream Home Lottery is a huge part of Hospice’s annual fundraising, says Sanja Knezevic, special events coordinator for Hospice.
“We still have approximately 1,700 tickets left to sell,” she said. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It provides 17 per cent of our annual funding that Hospice needs to support the community.”
To realize that 18 per cent, they need to sell all 9,999 tickets printed. Tickets can be purchased at the Dream Home, located at 3952 Larisa Court in the Nechako View subdivision or online at https://hospicedreamhome.ca/order-tickets/
The house is valued at $570,000.
“I don’t know that there are many people who haven’t been touched by Hospice and the need to use their services,” said Hall. “Certainly the services they provide really gives an opportunity for people, in their final days, a comfortable place to go, have professional people around them, not only for the individual but for the family. I know from experience that was a really a big key, to have that support. It’s so important to give back to Hospice.”
The 50/50 draw, which is now more than $90,000, will be held Wednesday, November 29. There’s still time to get your ticket and support Hospice at the same time.