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Who are you riding for?

ALS Cycle of Hope team members will be returning for a 3rd year to Kelowna on August 9th to participate in one of two Kelowna Community Rides with other cyclists, at Fresh Air Concept, helping to raise ALS awareness and inspire hope for families living with ALS.

Two scenic routes have been created, a 30km and 70km to showcase some of Kelowna’s beauty and local attractions.  Each route will enjoy rest stops at the Lavender Herb Farm and the Spierhead Winery to fuel up before heading back to Fresh Air Concept to celebrate. Event Manager, Corinne Boback boasts, “We are so appreciative of our dedicated sponsors, Fresh Air and Lavender Herb Farm and we are excited to bring along Spierhead Winery with us on this journey!”

A special pre-event reception will be held at Fresh Air Concept on Saturday, August 8th from 6-9pm having opportunities to meet the 2015 Cycle of Hope team, have a bite to eat, sample wine and Italian soda and pick up your registration package that includes a $20 gift card from Fresh Air Concept and more.

This summer’s ride is extra special for a group of cyclists, specifically, Lance McGinn who will be riding in honor of his wife, Karen. “I am now riding in memory of my best friend, my wife, the mother of my three wonderful children, Karen Rebecca McGinn.  It isn’t riding in memory of Karen knowing what ALS took from her and our family at such a young age.” McGinn says. On April 7, 2015 after a very difficult battle, Karen McGinn lost her battle with ALS. McGinn continues, “The personal experience I have with ALS and what others with ALS and their families are experiencing, knowing there is no cure, and the heartbreak that comes with ALS, is why I support ALS Cycle of Hope.”
Don’t want to ride, but want to support the team? Come down to Fresh Air Concept and participate in the raffles or quench your summer thirst with some lavender lemonade.  Proceeds from the sale of the “Lemonade Stand” will be donated to Samantha McComb’s education fund, daughter of Scott McComb, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2013.

“This event brings people from the coast and the Greater Vancouver area since the inaugural year, and we are grateful for that dedicated support.” says Boback, “I too share the McGinn personal connection, as I started 2 years ago as a participant riding my first ever 70km ride for Karen, since then, team McGinn continues to grow, like the event.”
Come join us and spend time with others in the community for a great cause. View our Facebook video by Josh Irving or visit www.cycleofhope.ca for more information.

Hike for Health

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


Donation to burn fund

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.



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