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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.

Kelowna Relay For Life 2014 – Volunteers Needed

Event day volunteers needed!! We are looking for local volunteers to help with all aspects of our event day set up/festivities/and tear down at our Kelowna Relay For Life May 31st – June 1st (6pm – 6am) in Kelowna City Park.
Email us to learn more about volunteer opportunities [email protected]

Register as a participant or team at you can also volunteer at the event!

Kelowna Relay For Life 2014 will be held May 31st – June 1st (6pm – 6am) in Kelowna City Park. This is an amazing community event of celebration, remembrance, and empowerment in the fight against cancer.

Relay For Life is a global movement against cancer, taking place in 20 countries worldwide, including over 500 communities across Canada. From coast to coast, in communities big and small, thousands of Canadians will join together to fight back.

Want more information? Visit or email us at [email protected] 


Hyundai April sales will benefit new Heart and Surgical centre

In April, Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre will be donating $50 per vehicle sold to the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre for new equipment.

The goal of Operation 200 is to sell 200 vehicles, between both dealerships, in 30 days, resulting in a donation of $10,000!

All cars, trucks and SUVs are marked down by thousands to guarantee we reach our target.

“Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre are committed to raising funds for the IHSC, for equipment and development,” said John Kot, president of Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre.

“We are proud to support this foundation in their efforts to provide the highest level of medical care in the Interior of British Columbia.”

He understands how important it is to have proper medical care, and is strong supporter for the new cardiac program as his daughter has been affected by heart problems consistently since birth.

“Having the ability to help our community provide a higher level of health care for all families will help everyone through an already difficult time in their life,” said Kot.

About the New Interior Health and Surgical Centre
To continue that commitment and evolve services, a new facility, the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre will open in early 2015. The IHSC will provide timely, much needed surgeries to patients who in the past may have had to travel outside the region for this level of health care. IHSC will provide the highest level of medical care ever seen in the Interior of British Columbia.

About Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre
Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre, are two of the leading automotive dealerships in Kelowna and the Okanagan operated by John Kot and Guy Lemieux. Having received the Hyundai President’s Award 2 years in a row, both dealerships are dedicated to providing an exceptional customer experience. Continually trying to exceed expectations, we offer the largest selection of used vehicles, at exclusive Buy Direct pricing, in the Okanagan.

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