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InspireHealth Rain Walk

The InspireHealth Rain Walk will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 9am – 12pm at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna for supportive cancer care.   With the support of the community and generous sponsors, last year's inaugural event in Vancouver generated $72,000 to support the cause.  This year the aim is to raise $20,000 for programs and facilities in Kelowna and $165,000 organization wide to support individuals living with cancer and their families.  

The Rain Walk is a 2.5km route along the Waterfront Park to the Sails before returning to the Rotary centre for the Arts.  To sign up for the event, individuals register at www.inspirehealth.ca/rainwalk and seek sponsorship from friends and families.  The early bird deadline is February 26th for $30 to participate in the walk or $50 which includes an InspireHealth custom designed umbrella.  There will be healthy food and beverages served, along with free swag bags, exciting raffle and silent auction items, and inspirational speakers.

“InspireHealth plays an important role in supporting those living with cancer along with their families and friends.” says Ashley Phillips, InspireHealth’s clinical counsellor.  “Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a very scary thing. We help patients focus on survivorship by improving their health and well-being. There are many helpful things one can do, such as good quality sleep, exercise, wholesome foods, and creating time to relax, regardless of one’s prognosis. We are grateful to our local community who chose to support us, especially with the many worthy causes available.”  This year, Orthoquest Pedorthics and Rehabilitation Inc., Kelowna Kinesiology by Orthoquest, Quality Greens, Wesco Distribution, KelownaNow, Saje, Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society, and KingFisher have chosen to support InspireHealth’s Rain Walk. 
To sign up for the event, go to www.inspirehealth.ca/rainwalk.

Walk for Alzheimer's

Kelowna residents can join a team to participate in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's and show their support for people who face dementia. The event is Canada's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and takes place here and in 21 other communities across B.C. on Sunday, May 7.

The Walk is a fun and family-friendly event and is unique to each community. Each Walk is dedicated to an honouree – someone who has been affected by dementia. Kelowna is honouring all Kelowna volunteers. 

While you can walk in honour of all volunteers, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. also encourages walking in honour or memory of someone in your life who has faced dementia. “Teams are a great way for families and their friends to honour a family member living with Alzheimer’s disease,” says Alex DeGrace, Kelowna Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s chair. “In addition, a company team is a great way for a company to partner with its employees. It’s a wonderful opportunity for a company to show its commitment to the community in which its employees live and work.”

Creating or joining a team is easy. Simply go to walkforalzheimers.ca, select Kelowna from the pull down menu and follow the prompts. Teams that raise more than $250 between February 1 and March 14 will be entered to win $500 in Air Canada gift cards.

The funds raised by Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s support programs, education and services in Kelowna and across B.C. They also contribute towards awareness activities and research into the causes of and cure for dementia. Last year in B.C. the event raised more than $813,000. 

"When you walk, you make memories matter," says Jennifer Cameron, Alzheimer Society of B.C. Event Officer. "You honour those who have passed and acknowledge the work that must be done to ensure help and hope for those living with the disease today."

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: Registration 1 p.m. / Walk 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Event Location: Kelowna City Park, 1600 Abbott Street, Kelowna,
Contact: Alex DeGrace
Phone: 1-800-667-3742

For more information or to register today visit walkforalzheimers.ca.

Club Appreciation Day

The Lumby-Mabel Lake Snowmobile Association will be hosting it’s annual Club Appreciation Day, involving a mini track and sleds for children with safety demonstrations and lessons. The event will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at 7.5 kms up Squaw Valley Road, Lumby.

The Club Appreciation has been traditionally hosted by the Lumby Mabel-Lake Snowmobile Club at the chalet on Park Mountain. “This year we decided to focus on making this a family event, and getting the children to enjoy snowmobiling safely,” answered Tom Luszcz, the Club’s President. This year the club is setting up a groomed kids track, bringing out some mini sleds to try, free lunch and drinks, and offering safety lessons and demonstrations to those who attend. Families are welcome to bring their own mini sleds to test out the track. “Snowmobiling is becoming easier and more accessible, we want to make sure it remains a fun and safe activity for everyone who enjoys the backcountry.”

For more information contact Lumby-Mabel Lake Snowmobile Association at sledlumby@hotmail.com


Coast Capital supports kids

Coast Capital takes pride in its community involvement, with a focus on building a richer future for youth. Their involvement in the Kelowna community is no exception, as the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs were presented with a cheque for $15 000 during the Kelowna branch grand opening event on January 21. The donation was earmarked for youth nutrition programs so more young people can be fed and taught cooking skills that will benefit them for life.

“Coast Capital has a long history of contributing to the communities across our province,” said Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs CEO Diane Entwistle. “We are excited to welcome Coast Capital to Kelowna and we look forward to working together to ensure that young people are growing up well.”

Coast Capital has delivered over 75 years of simple financial help and looks forward to delivering 75 more. They are Canada’s largest credit union by membership with over 50 branches serving 532,000 members in Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and the Okanagan.

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