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3rd Annual On The Lawn

On the evening of Thursday, August 10th Mike Greer, the Executive Director of Elevation Outdoors, stood on the grass at the Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club holding a large cheque for $23,100 and not quite believing the moment. “I’m overwhelmed by emotion. OTL has created a tremendous boost in our ability to fund new programs and create more opportunities for local youth to experience what many Okanagan residents take for granted.”

For three consecutive Thursday evenings, a total of 26 teams of four bowled it out for prizes, fun, friendly bragging rights, and most importantly, to raise funds for a charity that enhances the lives of underprivileged youth through a wide offering of outdoor sports and activities.

This year’s On the Lawn, the third annual, saw teams grow from 20 to 26, as well as a big jump in funds raised from $17,000 last year to $23,100 in 2017. “In just three years, we’ve seen the event more than double the funds raised thanks to the support and generosity of our participants and sponsors. We are thrilled with the how things turned out this year,” offered Daylin Mantyka, the event’s organizer.

BDO, an international accountancy network, has been the events Presenting Sponsor since day one, and recently re-committed for two more years.

BDO was pleased to see an influx of more young professionals partaking in this event. “BDO is thrilled with the results of this year’s event. The organizers and participants really stepped up again and the event continues to stay fresh and fun. We are also so happy to see such a worthy organization in Elevation Outdoors receive the proceeds from the event so they can continue to grow their youth programs, “stated, Mike Gilmore, BDO, Office Managing Partner.

This year’s event sold out very quickly, and organizers will look for the same community commitment next summer when the fourth annual event returns to the Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club at City Park.


End Summer Hunger

On June 11, 2017 Francis’ Cheng led a team of Scotiabank volunteers to raise money and food for The Salvation Army Central Okanagan at Save-On-Foods at Cooper and Lakeshore. Even the Okanagan Batman made an appearance at each location, providing opportunities for photos, and calling donors the “real heroes”. Save-On-Foods not only hosted the event, but also generously donated product towards a hot dog BBQ.

This one-day event raised a total of $6,872 in cash and pledges, and $2,500 worth of food. Scotiabank generously matched the cash donations up to $5,000, for a grand total $14,372! These donations directly support The Salvation Army’s Community Life Centre (CLC) which runs a supportive food bank in Rutland, as well as providing casework services and programming to the community, with an average of over 540 individuals and families accessing these services each month.

“These donations are coming in at the perfect time as our shelves need restocking”, says Sonia Withers, Community Ministries Coordinator at the CLC, “We need the community to partner with us to meet the needs that so many people have. Francis and his team did just that for us this summer.”

This is the second annual End Summer Hunger food drive, and Scotiabank’s second matching event in the last year. “Francis Cheng has been an incredible advocate for our mission”, says Darryl Burry, Executive Director. “Francis has shared of his personal experience with The Salvation Army, and how his life was impacted, and how he’s giving back. It is a joy and privilege to have him partner with us.”

The Salvation Army is looking for more advocates who would like to spearhead a fundraising event with us. If this is you, please contact Dorothy at dorothym@kelsa.ca. Follow our story of hope on Facebook at The Salvation Army Central Okanagan, on Instagram @salvationarmyokanagan, on Twitter @kelownasallyann and on our website www.kelownasalvationarmy.ca

About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and more than 128 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

Literacy month in Kelowna

This September, Kelowna will be standing in solidarity with cities across the province to foster awareness for improved literacy. The City of Kelowna has proclaimed September to be Literacy Month, as literacy is essential in order to create opportunities for city-wide growth and prosperity. 
Colin Basran, Mayor of Kelowna understands that “the ability to read and write is an essential skill that enriches our lives with improved employment opportunities, our capacity to engage with others and the sheer pleasure of enjoying stories. Project Literacy Kelowna has helped thousands of people in our city improve their quality of life in these ways for more than 30 years, and I urge our community to support the Literacy is Life campaign so that this great work can continue,” 
Project Literacy Kelowna will be hosting a number of events throughout September to promote Literacy Month. You can join them for Raise a Reader Day on September 21 at the Daily Courier where they will be serving up pancakes for the downtown community. 
“Low literacy tends to function as an invisible barrier to success,” says Fern Carr, Project Literacy Board President.  “Our organization therefore hopes to be instrumental in supporting the citizens of Kelowna to forge ahead as advocates of literacy.  With that degree of active social engagement, new opportunities will serve to enrich the lives of those who have been denied the choices taken for granted by most,” Carr continues.  
Low literacy does not discriminate. It is pervasive and affects 48% of Canadians ability to engage in daily life. Literacy goes beyond knowledge gained in an academic setting. It includes daily tasks like calculating a tip, being able to communicate with health care professionals and using technology to keep in touch with family members. As a city, we can enable every citizen to engage with society in a seamless manner and ensure the highest quality of life. Project Literacy wants everyone to be able to participate in the world around us.  How can you help make this a priority in our city?

If you are interested in getting involved or finding out more, contact Project Literacy Kelowna at 250-762-2163, visit them at www.projectliteracykelowna.org or on Facebook. 

Porsche hosts 100 men

More than 100 men will gather at the newly opened Porsche Centre Kelowna tomorrow to give back to the community.

The Kelowna chapter of 100+ Men Who Give a Damn will hold its ninth quarterly meeting at the newly completed dealership Aug. 15, as members come together to support a local charity.

The group has been gaining notoriety in Kelowna over the past several years for its simple, yet effective strategy.

Four times a year, each of the 100 plus loosely-organized members pledges $100 to give to charity.

At each quarterly meeting, the men come together and hear presentations from several local charities, and at the end of the night decide which to give to.

The evening provides a welcome swell of donations for the chosen charity, and gives the others some much-needed exposure.

Since its inception, the Kelowna Chapter of 100+ Men Who Give a Damn has donated more than $135,000 to local charities.

Fresh off its official opening, Porsche Centre Kelowna will host Tuesday’s meeting. The dealership is located at 888 Finns Rd. in Kelowna. Doors open at 6 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

For more information visit 100 Men Kelowna online.

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