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FIRSTthursdays in the Cultural District

The City of Kelowna and the Downtown Kelowna Association present "FIRSTthursdays' in the Cultural District. The Eye on Downtown Kelowna investigates.



United Way Pulling For My Community Bus Pull

Continuing in the tradition of building community through building teams, United Way Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen announces the next big thing! 

Imagine 8 Superheros pulling a BC Transit bus in competition with 8 other Superheros.  United Way CSO is holding its first annual Pulling For My Community Bus Pull on October 15, 2014 from 1030-1pm at the Queensway bus loop. 

“This is a fun way to team build and to show not only your support for the community but to have the possibility of walking away with the inaugural UW CSO Community Cup”, says Shelley Gilmore, Executive Director of UW CSO. “UW used to do the Plane Pull but we have changed that up, moved the event into the heart of the city and are running it over the lunch hour to make it easier for businesses and individuals to participate,” she adds.

Brought to you by the UW CSO, City of Kelowna and BC Transit, Pulling For My Community is a team event where teams of 8 will pull a BC Transit bus in competition to see who can cross the finish line first.  Along with other teams, the goal of the event is to raise awareness and funds to support the partnerships in our Community between the United Way and many front line agencies providing critical services for children, youth, adults and seniors. 

“Our community needs the United Way,” comments Jim Patterson, United Way Campaign CoChair and Executive Director of Business Development for the City of Kelowna, “the unique funding model of the community fund at the United Way ensures that many agencies are sustainable. Our community can use this vehicle of the community fund to leverage donations to truly make a difference right in our own backyard.”

Registration will commence Thursday, September 25.  Visit for the link to get started.  Register your team quickly to ensure your spot - space is limited

Teams of 8 need to pledge a minimum of $75 per person to qualify to participate.

Prizes, fun, great team building opportunity, food trucks, all in the name of Building Community!  Come out and be an Everyday Hero!

Ride for Autism

Individuals of all cycling levels are invited to come together and ride for a cause on Oct. 5

Rider Cider's Ride for Autism will start at Bottega Farm in East Kelowna, where teams of two will map out their route, complete challenges, and taste some wine along the way.

Dave McAnerney, with Sun Rype and Rider Cider, says the event can be non-competitive or as challenging as you want it to be.

“Don’t worry if you are a solo rider we will pair you up.”

All of the proceeds for the event will go to ELS Autism Canada.

During the ride, MJ McAnerney, who suffers from Autism, will be operating his juice stand along the course. MJ started the juice stand to raise money for Autism awareness several years ago, after receiving a support dog who provided the boy with a sense of calmness.

The love for his support dog prompted the nine-year-old to want to help other children like him get a support dog.

Registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 28 with a $75 registration fee. Registrations will be accepted on event day until 3 p.m. with a $99 registration fee.

There will be a dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by prizes, music, silent auction and of course Rider Cider.

Click here to register.


Recovery Day Okanagan

Communities across the country will join together this month to raise awareness and reduce stigma for people suffering from addiction.

In Kelowna, stories of success will be shared to prove to those who are still suffering that recovery is possible, during the second Annual Recovery Day Okanagan in Stuart Park, on Sunday Sept. 21.

The event is being accompanied by an official proclamation signed by the Mayor of Kelowna, Walter Gray and pronounced by Kelowna City Councillor Mohini Singh, recognizing Recovery Day in Kelowna.

The celebration at Stuart Park will include celebratory messages and personal stories of recovery, musicians, face-painting, and numerous booths representing some of the services and supports from the Okanagan recovery community.

Dawn Keuhn, Chair for Recovery Day Okanagan, says  a new recovery movement is being organized at the local, provincial and federal level; one that is aimed at keeping the focus on the fact that recovery works and is making life better for millions of Canadians.

“Recovery Day aims to put a face and a voice on those who have found a solution.’

The event will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. at 1430 Water Street.

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