More than 240 people took part on September 25th in the fifth annual ‘Course pour la compassion’ , a walk/run to benefit the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence. This year again, the event took place virtually, and together, participants raised a record-breaking $160,831 net, all of which will be directed to providing quality palliative care to patients and support for their families.
The ‘Course’ allows participants of all ages and abilities to take part in 1K, 5K, 10K or 15 K walk/run routes and create personal crowdfunding pages to raise funds for the cause. The beauty of this virtual race is that participants could walk or run their distance from wherever they were – in their neighborhood, on a treadmill, at the cottage, with their dog – it was your race, at your pace!
For a second consecutive year, the Course was able to count on Pfizer’s support as the presenting sponsor. “It is with much pride that Pfizer continues to power the ‘Course pour la compassion’ and support quality palliative care in our community,” said Karine Grand’Maison, Senior Legal Counsel, Pfizer Canada. “Our employees usually volunteer for different initiatives at the Residence, however, because of the pandemic, we have not been able to be onsite. The virtual course is a great way for our team to continue showing our support toward this inclusive community-based event supporting a great cause.”
This year, the event was also sponsored by the City of Pointe-Claire and Charles River Laboratories Inc., who have both been generously supporting this event in various ways since the very beginning. Anne Myles, Medavie Blue Cross and Achitecture FSA are also among the sponsors who supported this event.
The virtual event was broadcast live on the Residence’s Facebook and graciously hosted by Sharon Hyland from CHOM FM and Sandra Hudon. Top fundraisers were announced, and a fun warm up video was shared before the race kick off at 9:30 a.m.
Local Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier Greg Kelley along with his entire family was amongst those who participated virtually in the Course.
“I am so thankful to all the walkers, runners, sponsors, donors and volunteers who continue to support the Residence. Every donation counts and makes a meaningful impact on our patients and their families. An event like today is a testament to the amazing support we have from our community, allowing us to provide our patients and their families with the quality palliative care they deserve,” said Dale Weil, Executive Director of the Residence.