With Summer in full swing in the Okanagan, Kelowna youth have a special reason to get outside and explore the great outdoors. Get to Know will be collaborating with NatureKidsBC and Rotaract to get youth outside, active, and exploring nature through the Hike for Health.
The Hike for Health will take place on July 12th at 1:00pm at Mill Creek Regional Park. Youth and their families will take part in a compass orientation activity, followed by a guided hike to Mill Creek Falls. Youth will have the opportunity to take photographs along the way while ‘getting to know’ the Okanagan wildlife. At the end of the hike there will be opportunities for youth to create nature inspired art which they will then be able to submit to the Get to Know Contest. Kate Kutzner, Leader of NatureKids Kelowna, is looking forward to the hike with great anticipation. Kate explains that “in order to be healthy, every child should experience adventure, and the best place to do that is outside in nature."
The Get to Know Contest is free to enter by following these easy steps: 1. Find natural inspiration in one of Kelowna’s many parks, green spaces or even your own backyard, 2. Share your experience through a creative medium of your choice: art, writing, music, photography or video and, 3. Submit your work to see it featured in the Get to Know Online Gallery, viewed by audiences across the globe. The goal of this 15th annual contest is a simple but critical one: inspire youth to make meaningful, personal connections to nature that stay with them throughout their lives. It’s one thing to teach kids ten facts about the environment, but give them paint, a journal or guitar, and you open up a whole new world of learning.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided by our proud sponsor Intraline. Director of People and Corporate Culture, Kaz Zvanitajs, highlighted that “As proud corporate members of 1% for the planet, we are excited to be part of this amazing initiative which helps promote healthy and active lifestyles to youth in the community”.
For more info visit www.get-to-know.org
The Members & Friends of the South Okanagan Insurance Brokers Association of BC recently held their annual Rattlesnake Golf Tournament at the Penticton Golf & Country Club. A total of $2300 was raised and donated to the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Pictured above (left to right) at the donation presentation ceremony are: Firefighter Ryan Bazley, Charlie Cohoe, Stutters Disaster Kleenup, Firefighter Graham Boyd, Firefighter & Local 1399 Burn Fund Rep. Mike Sutherland, Firefighter Chris Foster, Sally Koponyas, Johnston Meier Insurance, Dave Lowrey, Total Restoration Services, Sandra Webber, Johnston Meier Insurance and Captain Blaine Dionne.
Today, over 45,000 Canadians in approximately 70 cities across the nation stepped up to show they are the “Walking for a cure type” as they took part in the 2015 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes. Since 1994, the Walk has raised over $100 million for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
In Kelowna & the Okanagan the supporters came out in multitudes to show their support for JDRF Canada and the T1D community. The TELUS Walk at Mission Creek Park drew over 800 people from the Okanagan who joined together to fundraise a staggering $144,512 to help JDRF Canada prevent, better treat and ultimately cure T1D.
“I feel tremendous gratitude for this amazing community” said Pam Prentice, Manager of Fundraising and Development for the JDRF Canada Kelowna & Okanagan Valley Chapter. “ Type 1 diabetes is a challenging disease to live with and it is encouraging to see the overwhelming support in our community for those dealing with this relentless disease. Thank you Kelowna and Okanagan for not only showing your support year-after-year, but for recognizing how important JDRF’s work is and believing in our mission.”
Highlights of the TELUS Walk in Mission Creek Park included: Demonstrations by Okanagan Firestorm Cheerleading; Sand Art Magic sponsored by TELUS; Amazing inflatable obstacle course sponsored by TELUS; Unique opportunity to “Paint a TELUS truck”; Balloon Animals with PT the Clown sponsored by Dignity Memorial; Cartoon Portraits by Burton sponsored by Animas and great food generously sponsored by Save On Foods, Cobs Bakery, Sun-Rype Products and Starbucks Coffee.
“We have fostered a tight-knit T1D community in the JDRF Canada Kelowna & Okanagan Valley Chapter. Every year we take the TELUS Walk as another opportunity to reunite” continued Prentice. “This year we saw many new faces and I can’t wait to see them again in 2016.”
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