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Duck race day

Join in the fun watching 500 rubber ducks float down Trepanier Creek, vying for first place across the finish line where the creek opens into Lake Okanagan, Sat. Apr. 19.

This family event will take place at Trepanier Creek Park, Beach Avenue and Todd Road in Peachland.

There will be Adult and Children’s Races. Ducks for the children’s race can be purchased at the event on April 19 - ducks are $2 each. Ducky Registration, for both adults and children, is available from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on event day. Numbers of all registered ducks will be posted.

The Children’s Race begins at 11 a.m. with participants dropping ducks off Trepanier Creek Bridge at Beach Avenue and Todd Road. Kids, cheer on your rubber ducky as it races to the finish line! Children’s prizes, games, crafts, and face painting are sponsored by Peachland Ambassadors at Trepanier Creek Park. 

Adult races begin at 11:15 a.m. There will be 5 heats with 100 Rubber Ducks dropped from a bin at the Pedestrian Bridge by Highway 97 underpass. Adult Races will take place every 15 minutes. The Rubber Ducky Race Committee will be responsible for the adult duck drops. Rubber ducks will race extremely fast and spectators are encouraged to watch and cheer from Trepanier Beach and Trepanier Creek Park at the mouth of the creek.

Winning contenders from each of the 5 heats will be collected for the final race at 12:30 p.m. Contender’s numbers will be posted in the park. All prizes will be given out after the final race. Register a duck in each race for more opportunities to win one of $500 worth of prizes. Peachland Sportsman Association will be retrieving wandering rubber ducks.

Peachland’s 1st Rubber Ducky Race is a fundraiser in support of Peachland Bats Education & Conservation Program, and Legends of the Lake Interpretive Centre in Peachland Historic Primary School.

In light of safety and environmental protection, spectators are asked to avoid the fragile edge of Trepanier Creek by observing the race from Trepanier Creek Park and Beach. There will be some traffic delays on Beach Avenue north for approximately 10 minutes during the Children’s Race. Motorists are asked to proceed with caution during the event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..


A colourful race day

It will be very colourful in Kelowna and Vernon today.

Every summer over 260 kids with disabilities from the Okanagan Valley and surrounding areas attend Easter Seals Camp Winfield having a blast of a time!

Now you can help a child by splashing out in colour on April 19, when the Easters Seals Splash of Color Family Fun Run presented by Century21 takes place in Kelowna (City Park) and Vernon (Kin Beach park) for the first time.

Fundraisers, such as the Easter Seals Splash of Color Family Fun Run raises funds to help send kids to camp for a one week adventure.

All the proceeds raised from the events in Kelowna and Vernon will stay in the Okanagan to help send local kids with disabilities to Camp Winfield. Every $2,400 raised will enable one child to attend the week-long camp.

Both locations will feature a pancake breakfast that starts at 8 a.m..

You can register in person at the run this morning (Sat. April 19) from 7:30 a.m. North Field, City Park, in Kelowna or at Kin Beach Park in Vernon (No dogs). The cost is $35, under 6 are free, but they will need to bring their own T-Shirt and sunglasses. 

After the run send us your videos and photos to [email protected]

Tee-off for the SPCA

It’s almost time to tee-off for one of the most fun and charitable golf tournaments in the city.

The ninth annual BCSPCA Charity Golf Tournament sponsored by Power 104, Sunlife and Sunlife Global Investments is happening on Friday, June 13, at Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club.

Heather Harrison of the Kelowna Shelter says over half a million dollars is raised.

“With that money we have been able to find 8200 animals their truly loving homes as well as spay and neuter over 4300 animals, and have rescued over 400 animals from unsafe  and neglectful environments.”

This year a new presenting sponsor is set to take over the event, Sunlife and Sunlife Global Investments.

Grant Hattfield with SunLife says the company has been involved with the tournament for a number of years.

“The big reason we do this is to give a voice to the animals that don’t have one, and all the proceeds go to the local shelter and actually looks after the community and animals in it.”

Harrison goes on to say that the BCSPCA does not receive any provincial government funding and relies strictly on the generosity of community supporters.

“This allow us to care for the many animals that come in our shelter on a daily basis.”

The tournament is sold out, but If your business would like to be a part of this event, sponsorship opportunities are available. Call Heather Harrison 250-575-5389 or email [email protected]



Help make a difference in someone’s life by donating blood

As people gather with family and friends and prepare to celebrate the Easter long weekend, Canadian Blood Services is asking that they also remember to give blood. 

The need for blood and platelet donations never takes a holiday – especially over a long weekend. With many people away or busy with family activities, blood donations normally decrease. We need people to book appointments now to donate blood leading up to, during and immediately following the long weekend to maintain a strong blood supply for patients.

On average, someone in Canada requires blood or blood products every 60 seconds - and in most cases, blood from more than just one generous donor. That’s why we are asking you to rally your family and friends to donate blood together. It can take up to 50 donors to help just one car crash victim, and it can take up to 5 donors to help someone in cancer treatment. Making a donation before or after the long weekend helps ensure an adequate supply for those in need.

The Kelowna blood donor clinic located at 103-1865 Dilworth Drive (across from Sears) will be open this long weekend on:

  • Thursday, Apr. 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – 26 open appointments 
  • Saturday, Apr. 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – 55 open appointments 
  • Monday, Apr. 21, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – 67 open appointment
  • Tuesday, Apr. 22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – 53 open appointments

To book an appointment, please visit or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283). Those with appointments are encouraged to keep that appointment and, if possible, bring a friend to donate with you.

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