Record attendance for Sunset Palliative Care Christmas Dinner of Hope

The Portage Citizen:    Sunset Palliative Care (SPC) hosted its annual Christmas Dinner of Hope Dec. 4 with nearly 140 people in attendance. So many, SPC Volunteer Coordinator Aldene Moroz said it will again need to find a larger venue.

The Christmas Dinner of Hope is a way for people to gather together and draw strength from peoples’ common experiences of losing loved ones. It is especially important to offer a venue of support around the holiday season when passed loved will be more acutely missed.

“This is a time of year that’s very hard for people,” says Moroz. “It’s the hardest time for anyone that has lost someone. This seems to be the holiday that brings out the most loneliness in people. It’s something that we started a few years ago and as you can tell by the crowd, it’s been growing every year,” she said.

Ronald Moffit Memorial Services and McKenzie Portage Funeral Chapel stepped into the support role as sponsor and donor.

The Sharpe Sisters delivered an hour of music including Christmas favourites.

More Sunset Palliative Care

As an update, Moroz reminded those in attendance SPC is working a third palliative care room at Portage and District General Hospital thanks to a significant donation from Rusty Rutherford in memory of his wife Elaine

Sunset’s fundraising campaign was launched earlier this year when it received approval to refurbish a third room at the hospital for palliative care.

Other major donations this year have included $5,000 from Portage Mutual Insurance, $4,000 from Stride Credit Union and $2,000 from the Oddfellows Bingo.

Since 2015, with support from Reg Tomalin and Arnold and Wendy Blight, SPC has been able to refurbish two rooms into palliative care space at the hospital.

“We’re hoping others in the community will step up and help us,” said Moroz. “Any donation, big or small, will go a long way to achieving our target.”

Tax deductible donations can be made by contacting Sunset Palliative Care at 204-857-3746 or by mail to P.O. Box 92, Portage la Prairie MB, R1N 3B2.

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Janice Carefoot lights symbolic candles in a solemn Sunset Palliative Care ceremony to help people remember loved ones no longer with us in a positive and healthy way. Mickey Dumont/Citizen photo


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