(Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Hospice Week kicks off with monarchs and hike

The Castlegar Hospice Society launched national Hospice Week at Kinsmen Park on Sunday.

The Castlegar Hospice Society launched national Hospice Week with its Hike for Hospice at Kinsmen Park on Sunday.

The event featured the release of 30 monarch butterflies, which Suzanne Lehbauer — executive director of the society — wound up having to drive to Kelowna to pick up in preparation for the event.

It was a blustery morning, so the monarchs hung out on hikers’ hands or on a plant for a while before taking off, but eventually they all took flight and the hikers headed out to raise money and awareness for the Castlegar Hospice Society.

The society will continue to celebrate Hospice Week on Thursday, with a drop-in day at the Castlegar Hospice Society office (709 10th St.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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(Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

(Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

(Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

(Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

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