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Cruise with a Great Cause

Graham Wardle and Stars of CBC's Heartland kickstart a 7-day-long Motorcycle Marathon in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association

Compassion and vision come together every year in the Canadian west with Cruise with a Cause (CwaC). Inspired by a desire to give back to communities in need, CwaC was co-founded in 2013 by Heartland TV star Graham Wardle and Vancouver actor and music producer Don McLeod, both long-time motorcycle enthusiasts. The organization was created to raise awareness and funding for important causes. This year’s charity of choice is the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

On August 29th a select group of Canadian celebrities and core riders will embark on a 7-day marathon starting in Calgary. The participants will then undertake a 6-day quest through the scenic valleys and vistas of British Columbia and Alberta before arriving in High River. Daily Meet & Greet Fundraisers** with CwaC’s passionate celebrity riders, held in conjunction with local branches and affiliates of the CMHA, will offer fans a chance to mix and mingle in unique settings. The first stop after Calgary is Sicamous, BC. Subsequent stops include Penticton, Vernon and Cranbrook, ending on a high note in High River.

Heartland stars, Graham Wardle, Amber Marshall, Shaun Johnston and Alisha Newton will be available at all scheduled Meet & Greet Fundraisers**, signing photos for a $10 donation to local Canadian Mental Health Association affiliates. This provides fans a great opportunity not only to share some special moments with their favourite celebs but also to show support for a cause worth riding the distance for.

Cruise with a Cause Dates & Locations

Saturday, August 29th:  Calgary, AB

Calgary Harley-Davidson -- 2475 Pegasus Road NE
1pm - 3pm -- Celebrity Meet & Greet Fundraiser**
Charity: Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region

Monday, August 31st:  Sicamous, BC

Sicamous & District Recreation Centre -- 1121 Eagle Pass Way
9:30am -- Pancake Breakfast by Donation
10am - 12pm -- Celebrity Meet & Greet Fundraiser**
Charity: Canadian Mental Health Association - Shuswap Revelstoke District

Tuesday, September 1st:  Penticton, BC

Lakeside Villa Inn & Suites -- 4201 Skaha Lake Road
10am - 12pm -- Celebrity Meet & Greet Fundraiser**
Charity: Canadian Mental Health Association - South Okanagan Similkameen

Wednesday, September 2nd:  Vernon, BC

Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge & Conference Centre -- 3914 – 32nd Street
10am - 12pm -- Celebrity Meet & Greet Fundraiser**
Charity: Canadian Mental Health Association - Vernon & District

Thursday, September 3rd:  Cranbrook, BC

Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort -- 209 Van Horne Street South
10am - 12pm -- Celebrity Meet & Greet Fundraiser**
Charity: Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays

Friday, September 4th:  High River, AB

Downtown High River – 3rd Avenue
9am - 11am -- Pancake Breakfast by Donation
10 - 11am -- Pancake Breakfast Celebrity Appearances
12pm – 2pm – Interactive Celebrity Q&A
Tour through Heartland Set Piece, Maggie’s Diner
Charity: Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region

Cruise with a Cause on Social Media: 

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/cruisewithacausevancouver

Twitter:  @CruiseCause

Instagram:  @cruisewithacause

Hashtags:  #CWAC2015 #MentalHealth #coolcruisewithacause

Magical Moonlight Movie


Outdoor movie event, truly a magical experience for all

Interior Savings Moonlight Movie in City Park Tuesday, August 18

his popular family outdoor movie event is back for the 8th year in Kelowna’s City Park. On Tuesday, August 18th join thousands of other families at this low cost fundraiser supporting the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. The Interior Savings Moonlight Movie event will feature a giant 40’ x 20’ inflatable movie screen set up in the park to give families a unique cinema under the stars experience.
Families are invited to bring down their lawn chairs and picnic blankets to enjoy a great family friendly flick in the park; movie starts at dusk, approximately 8:30pm.

This year’s Disney movie “Big Hero 6” will feature the story of a special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Admission is by donations with a recommended value of $10 per family. The evening will also feature a hot dog barbeque by Kal Tire, a concession, children’s activities including inflatables by Get Hoppy and face painting by Giddy Monkey. Concession opens at 7:00pm. Families are encouraged to come down early to stake out their spot, have dinner, and enjoy the park, and kid’s activities.

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is a leading provider of programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of more than 7,000 young people and their families each year. Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs have been helping young people discover, develop and achieve their potential for 55 years.

Free Bus to the Observatory

The Okanagan Observatory continues to offer free wheelchair accessible bus transportation to the observatory with the next run scheduled for Friday, August 14th. Observatory Director Guy Mackie announced that this year's program will be supported by a $1,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Morningside.

Mackie noted that the Okanagan Observatory is the Okanagan's only visual and wheelchair accessible public astronomical observatory. Complementing the free transportation service is an Articulated Relay Eyepiece (ARE) which makes the observatory one of only 20 international facilities equipped to provide live telescope viewing for mobility challenged people.

Plans are to offer the bus service, provided through the services of People In Motion, once every month during the dark sky New Moon periods. Given clear skies, the August 14th bus will leave Kelowna at 8:00pm for an audio-visual educational presentation at 9:00pm. After viewing celestial objects through the ARE and the Tisdale 5" AstroPhysics refracting telescope, the bus will depart back to Kelowna at 10:30pm.

The Okanagan Observatory is a project of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Okanagan Center (RASCOC) which has meeting groups in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton. One of the Center's missions is to extend its astronomy outreach activities to every member of the public including those who are mobility challenged.

Registration for the August 14th free bus service will be cut off at 5pm on August 13th. Persons interested in taking advantage of the service can contact Simon Grant at 778-363-1951 ([email protected]) Riders are asked to be at the transportation departure location by no later than 7:45pm.

Through the Okanagan Observatory outreach effort, youth groups, students and members of the general public have been able to enjoy nights under the stars transporting them millions of light years through space and time with real time views through telescopes as well as the audio visual programs.

For the past nine years the Observatory has offered free public star parties on clear sky Friday evenings. The events begin at dusk with a live audio/visual presentation followed by telescope observing at darkness. Every Friday afternoon starting at 3pm, phone messages are posted on the Okanagan Observatory Event Phone 250-300-8SKY (8759) notifying if weather conditions will permit the observatory to open together with the starting time.

Full information on the Okanagan Observatory can be found at www okanaganobservatory.ca and further information about locally observable astronomical events as well as RASCOC activities can be found at the club's www ocrasc.ca website. 

Who are you riding for?

ALS Cycle of Hope team members will be returning for a 3rd year to Kelowna on August 9th to participate in one of two Kelowna Community Rides with other cyclists, at Fresh Air Concept, helping to raise ALS awareness and inspire hope for families living with ALS.

Two scenic routes have been created, a 30km and 70km to showcase some of Kelowna’s beauty and local attractions.  Each route will enjoy rest stops at the Lavender Herb Farm and the Spierhead Winery to fuel up before heading back to Fresh Air Concept to celebrate. Event Manager, Corinne Boback boasts, “We are so appreciative of our dedicated sponsors, Fresh Air and Lavender Herb Farm and we are excited to bring along Spierhead Winery with us on this journey!”

A special pre-event reception will be held at Fresh Air Concept on Saturday, August 8th from 6-9pm having opportunities to meet the 2015 Cycle of Hope team, have a bite to eat, sample wine and Italian soda and pick up your registration package that includes a $20 gift card from Fresh Air Concept and more.

This summer’s ride is extra special for a group of cyclists, specifically, Lance McGinn who will be riding in honor of his wife, Karen. “I am now riding in memory of my best friend, my wife, the mother of my three wonderful children, Karen Rebecca McGinn.  It isn’t riding in memory of Karen knowing what ALS took from her and our family at such a young age.” McGinn says. On April 7, 2015 after a very difficult battle, Karen McGinn lost her battle with ALS. McGinn continues, “The personal experience I have with ALS and what others with ALS and their families are experiencing, knowing there is no cure, and the heartbreak that comes with ALS, is why I support ALS Cycle of Hope.”
Don’t want to ride, but want to support the team? Come down to Fresh Air Concept and participate in the raffles or quench your summer thirst with some lavender lemonade.  Proceeds from the sale of the “Lemonade Stand” will be donated to Samantha McComb’s education fund, daughter of Scott McComb, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2013.

“This event brings people from the coast and the Greater Vancouver area since the inaugural year, and we are grateful for that dedicated support.” says Boback, “I too share the McGinn personal connection, as I started 2 years ago as a participant riding my first ever 70km ride for Karen, since then, team McGinn continues to grow, like the event.”
Come join us and spend time with others in the community for a great cause. View our Facebook video by Josh Irving or visit www.cycleofhope.ca for more information.

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