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Posted: December 6, 2017

Harley motorcycle raffle tickets on sale now

All proceeds in support of the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society

Tickets are selling fast for the 2017 Harley-Davidson Fundraising Raffle, with proceeds in support of the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society. Only 2,600 tickets have been made available.

On December 26 at the Tamarack Centre at 4 p.m., two lucky winners will have their names randomly drawn to win either a first-place prize of a 2017 Harley Davidson ST Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle or a second-place prize of a 2017 Harley Davidson Street XG 750A motorcycle.

This is the fifth consecutive year Harley-Davidson of the Kootenays has held an annual raffle of their iconic motorcycles with proceeds benefiting the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society, which offers support services to individuals and their families who are dealing with death and dying. Funds raised go directly to funding programming, volunteer training and continuing education, as well as coordination of hospice and bereavement services.

“The hospice provides comfort to individuals with terminal illness as well as support to their loved ones,” said Don Davidson, former president of the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society. “It’s an uncomfortable topic for many, but facing illness or death can be very lonely. Our volunteers are specifically trained to listen without judgment. They have no ax to grind. They are uninvolved in any family dynamics. When you reach the end of life, you have questions, you have regrets, you have fears. We’re the ears that can listen and hear you and not judge. Our volunteers become trusted confidants while people come to terms with the end of their life. And that can mean everything.”

“And then for the people who are left behind, they have to adjust to a new reality; a new normal,” added Dorothy Nadain, Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society board member.  “There is a no easy way of doing that. And it’s not like hospice volunteers hold the answers, but we can lead you through some processes that have been proven to help a lot of people – not everybody – but a lot. And we can put you, or someone you love who has experienced grief, next to people who really do understand, because they are going through it too.”

All services provided by Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society are free of charge.

Dr. John Nesbitt, Honourary Fundraising Chair of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Raffle and owner of Peak Family Dental Centre, says the annual raffle is the largest and most important fundraiser for the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society.

“The raffle is always popular and we expect it to sell out quickly,” he said, adding, “Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment and support a very important local charity. The tickets make excellent stocking stuffers. Our goal is to raise about $26,000 this year.”

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at Harley-Davidson of the Kootenays in Cranbrook, ABC Restaurant, Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, The Sullivan Pub, The Marysville Pub and Liquor Store, or Bull River Inn.

Tickets can also be purchased daily at the Tamarack Centre, where the bikes are now on display.

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Lead image: (Left to right) Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society board member Dorothy Nadain and Honourary Fundraising Chair of this year’s Harley Davidson Motorcycle Raffle Dr. John Nesbitt with one of the prize bikes. Photo submitted

Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society

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