FHSSA Supporters Can Now Designate an African Hospice to Receive 50% of Their Run to Remember Proceeds

For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2012

The move by the National Hospice Foundation opens Run to Remember® up to a whole new group of passionate hospice supporters

(Alexandria, VA) –Participants in Run to Remember, a fundraising and training support program offered by the National Hospice Foundation, now have the option of raising money for African hospices or palliative care programs. For almost a decade, hospice supporters have been able to raise money for local American hospices, while honoring the memory of their loved ones, through the program.  With this change, runners simply need to list the African hospice’s name and address during the easy online Run to Remember registration process.

At the conclusion of each person’s individual race (which can be any race of any length), and after fundraising is complete, NHF will wire 50% of the funds raised directly to the named African hospice and transfer the other 50% to FHSSA for general programmatic support.

NHF and FHSSA are both affiliates of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. John Mastrojohn, senior vice president of the Office of Philanthropy and executive director of both NHF and FHSSA said, “It makes perfect sense to include FHSSA and our African partners in this outstanding and meaningful fundraising opportunity. We welcome a new group of hospice supporters who want to run a race in memory of a loved one and raise money to support hospice at the same time. We know that FHSSA supporters are passionate about the cause and we believe Run to Remember will appeal to many of them.”

Run to Remember provides online fundraising infrastructure and training support for people to run (or walk) races ranging from 5Ks to marathons and beyond. In 2011, $55,000 was raised for local American hospices through this program.

Hospices that wish to encourage their volunteers, staff, board members, and supporters to participate in Run to Remember on behalf of their FHSSA partner are welcome to contact Susan Messina, NHF’s director of special projects for more information at smessina@nationalhospicefoundation.org or 571-275-4324.

Note that it is necessary for the African program named during the registration process to be an official FHSSA partner assigned to an American partner in order to receive the funds.

To learn more about Run to Remember and FHSSA, visit www.fhssa.org/RTR.

To register and learn more just about Run to Remember, visit www.runtoremember.org

National Hospice Foundation