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CV Co-op knows how important the Hospice Society is

Dying is inevitable. How we treat those who are dying, however, is a measure of the quality of our community.

In recognition of an extremely difficult job at the most difficult of times, Comox District Co-op has donated $500 to the Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS). Hospice works to provide compassionate care and support to those who are diagnosed with life-limiting illness, as well as their families and caregivers. Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1983, the Society and its volunteers attend more than 1,000 people each year.

“We’re constantly struggling to raise operating funds,” acknowledges CVHS president Audrey Craig. “Volunteers are the core of our organization, but we require funding to train and support them. The Co-op’s generous donation will go toward these kinds of program needs, specifically volunteer training and grief counselling services. Like every donation, it is significant and very much appreciated.”

The CVHS relies on grants, donations and fundraising events to fund their services, as the government health care system provides minimal end-of-life services. With an aging population, notes Craig, the demand for hospice care is growing. However, younger people and children who are palliative and/or bereaved also often require their services.

“It’s something most people don’t think about with hospice,” she says. “We help young and old alike. And because virtually 100 per cent of the money raised locally stays right here in the Valley, the people you support with your donation are your friends, family and neighbours in the Comox Valley.”

“That’s one of the main reasons we chose to support hospice,” says Joe Russell, general manager of Comox District Co-op. “We’re owned by the community, we’re a part of the community and we’re proud to support community initiatives.

“The work done by the all the great people with the Hospice Society is just so worthwhile, yet it tends to go underappreciated unless you happen to be in those circumstances,” he adds. “I know I speak for all Co-op members when I say just how important Hospice is to the Comox Valley.”

Comox District Co-op, which is wholly owned by its members and shares its profits through an annual “patronage allocation,” donates thousands of dollars to local charities. To donate or volunteer with the Comox Valley Hospice Society, visit www.comoxhospice.com. To learn more about the Co-op, or to become a member, visit www.comoxvalleycoop.ca

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