The 3rd annual Burger & Beer event was a massive success! 170 amazing animal supporters came out to support the local branch last night at our fund raiser at the Barking Parrot! 85 local companies contributed to our silent auction and an amazing group of volunteers helped to make the evening a success.
$7,755.50 was raised from tickets, silent auction and 50/50 prizes! PLUS - the branch was delighted to accept a cheque from Lake City Casino for $2,000.00. There was also a private donation of $10,000!
In total $19,775.50 was raised for the branch.
The branch is grateful for the amazing support received yet again from the local community. All funds stay right here at this branch and will help the abused, abandoned and neglected animals who come into our care.
Okanagan Kids Care has made a generous donation of $45,000 to help make the next three years of YMCA’s Beyond the Bell program possible.
This commitment will go towards providing 40 vulnerable children attending George Pringle Elementary School in West Kelowna with the after school support they need to keep pace with their grade level and peers over the 2014–2016 school years.
“Children from financially disadvantaged homes often miss out on early learning opportunities, and because of this, it is common for them to fall behind in a traditional school setting,” says Danielle Miranda, YMCA Senior Child Care Manager.
YMCA’s Beyond the Bell program provides a safe, positive and nurturing environment for these kids to obtain the math, reading and social supports they require to succeed.
“Okanagan Kids Care believes deeply in putting the needs of kids first,” says Joe Delicato, Okanagan Kids Care Board President. “By supporting organizations like the YMCA we are able to connect families to the resources they need to live healthier, happier lives and reach their full potential.”
The YMCA of Okanagan relies on community support to ensure quality programs are accessible to families. For information about Y programs or to learn how you can help, please call Pamela Murkin at 250-861-9621 ext. 306.
TD Canada Trust in Kelowna presented United Way CSO with a corporate and workplace campaign donation of $6395.40. TD matches the increase in the employee giving campaign with an additional corporate donation.
For the first time in Kelowna Relay history, we are hosting a daytime event! The new event hours will be from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, which is a more flexible time for individuals, businesses and families to come out and experience the magic that is Relay For Life. “We encourage you to get involved with Relay; experience the celebration, remember those who have lost their battle, and fight back for a world without cancer,” says Jennifer Dies, Community Giving Coordinator. “Our event will hook you in and will keep you coming back!” The event will still be at beautiful City Park, and will happen on Saturday June 6.
Kelowna has a new staff partner in Dies. Based out of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Salmon Arm Office, Jennifer is no stranger to Relay. Jen started off as a participant in the Salmon Arm Relay ten years ago. She quickly moved from participant to volunteer, then on to be the Survivor chair. Her passion and dedication then landed her the role as Revenue Development Coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society, a role she has held for 7 years. She is eager to bring her experience to the Kelowna event.
Relay For Life has been a big part of the Kelowna Community for the past 13 years. While historically this event has been one of BC’s top 10 Relays, event participation and support has declined over the past few years. Kelowna residents have been passionate about their event and we would like to see that spark re-lit. “We were hoping to surpass last year’s number of participants and teams,” says Dies, “but as of this week, not as many people are registered as we had this time last year. We are still looking for more teams to join and contribute their support to the Canadian Cancer Society and cancer patients right here in Kelowna and the Okanagan.
Last year, thanks to the generous support for the Canadian Cancer Society, we were able to fund $45 million dollars in world-class research to fight all cancers and help more than 85,000 Canadians through its information and support services. The Society also funds important cancer prevention work so fewer Canadians are diagnosed in the first place.
“We’d like to turn our focus on the support programs that help people in Kelowna and area, and the rest of our region that find themselves on a cancer journey,” says Dies. “Like our Southern Interior Rotary Lodge right here in Kelowna where patients can stay during cancer treatments, as well as the financial support program that help pay for their travel expenses to get here.”
Of the five different regions in the BC/Yukon Division of the Canadian Cancer Society, the Southern Interior Region is the largest user of the financial support program. Since September 2010, over 1,500 clients have been approved for a total of over $700,000 in funding, accounting for 53% of the total BC/Yukon support budget.
Our region is the largest user of the financial support program due mainly to the fact that we are very geographically dispersed and patients often have to travel long distances for cancer treatment in Kelowna or Vancouver. “Cancer patients from all over our region find themselves in Kelowna at our lodge,” says Dies, “it is a welcome home away from home at a difficult time.” The lodge does not only offer accommodations – it houses a wig and breast prosthetic bank for the use of any cancer patient, free of charge. A Kelowna resident facing a rare form of cancer may need to travel to Vancouver for treatment, may need assistance with travel costs to get there, and need accommodations at our lodge once there.
“I’m proud to be a part of the Canadian Cancer Society because I think with the help of our amazing volunteers and generous donors we’re making a real difference in the lives of people on their cancer journey,” says Dies. “We have a great event lined up, with something for everyone to enjoy during our new daytime hours. Lots of entertainment, food, activities and fun. Please sign up your team and join us at Relay For Life!”
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