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$8,000 for Women's Shelter

In 2015, Royal LePage Kelowna REALTORS® donated part of their commissions to The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and held fundraising events throughout the year.  The result was more than $8,700 raised to help women and children who are served by the Kelowna Women’s Shelter each year.

Violence against women and children is a significant problem in all communities across Canada. Research has shown that it happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, and any age and income level. It is estimated that 360,000 children witness family violence in any given year.  

By assisting women’s shelters, we are ensuring women and children have a safe haven from domestic violence and provide funding for support and programs like the Inside/ Outside Violence Prevention  for Youth offered by the Kelowna Women’s Shelter in our communities and schools.  This type of support is essential in helping women and children heal and rebuild their lives. 

$40K for prostate cancer

On May 13th, the Okanagan Motorcycle Ride For Dad Chapter presented a $40,000 cheque towards the continued leading research being done right here in the Okanagan. The money raised was from the 2015 fund raising campaign and is also the official kick off to the 2016 fundraising campaign. Riders and participants for the June 12th event are encouraged to raise pledges. 

The organization is very proud to point out that as charities go the money we raise stays in the community it is raised in. 

Prostate cancer continues to be responsible for more diagnosis than all other cancer types put together, and is the leading cancer cause of deaths in men. Please support the fight at ridefordad.ca.

Ensuring youth have helmets

BrainTrust Canada is launching its Helmet Safety Program with its new program beneficiary Associated Canadian Travelers/United Commercial Travelers Kelowna West Council #1003 who are funding bike helmets for youth in Kelowna.  The program’s goal is to decrease preventable brain injury through helmet compliance, and partners include the City of Kelowna Bylaw and RCMP bike squads who patrol the streets interacting with youth throughout the year.  They provide education on the importance of helmet use, and throughout the year use their discretion to provide helmets to youth that require them.  The helmets are a popular brand called Nutcase and include the motto “I Love My Brain”.  The Helmet Safety Program also incorporates rewarding youth for positive safety behaviour through “positive tickets” that include free ice cream from McDonald’s and Cinnastix from Domino’s Pizza.  
To launch the program, Wednesday May 25th will be declared “Helmet Safety Day” by a City of Kelowna Proclamation.  ACT/UCT Kelowna West Council #1003 President Keith Preece says “Our Council supports many charities in the Okanagan, especially Children and Youth programs.  We are thankful and extremely proud to partner with BrainTrust Canada with their excellent Helmet Safety Program to ensure that youth who cannot afford helmets have access to them.  We understand that helmets can reduce the majority of brain injuries and save lives, and there is nothing more important than keeping our youth safe so they can live to their full potential.”
Also, as part of Bike to Work/School Week, a fundraiser barbeque sponsored by Urban Systems will take place Friday June 3rd at Tree Brewing Institute 1346 Water Street from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, with a $2 or more donation for a burger or veggie burger going to support BrainTrust Canada and helmets for youth in Kelowna. 
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability under 44, with youth at the highest risk.  Approximately 20% of these brain injuries are sports related, however, up to 85% of brain injuries can be prevented from helmet use.  BrainTrust Canada is a not for profit association that provides community rehabilitation to individuals with brain injury in the Okanagan, and also has a strong focus on brain injury education and prevention.  For more information visit braintrustcanada.com or contact Magda Kapp at (250) 762-3233 ext109.

BMO Donates to OSNS

It was an exciting day at the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre Friday, April 8th, as the Bank of Montreal made a sizeable donation.

$4,000 was graciously donated by BMO to refurbish the play structure in the Kinderplace outdoor area.  The foundation of the structure is aging and needs replacement.  

OSNS will use the $4,000 donation to make some much needed improvements to the space.

OSNS Executive Director Manisha Wilms says, "We are so appreciative of the generosity from the Bank of Montreal. OSNS' 'Relentless Pursuit of Excellence in Care' demands that we update our equipment to ensure we are supporting children in the best way possible. We see more than 1,000 children a year from communities across the South Okanagan and Similkameen. Donations, such as this one from BMO, are crucial to our vision of all children reaching their potential.”

BMO has kindly committed to donating further funds next year.

BMO Vice President of Commercial Banking South Okanagan and Kootenays, Ian Teetzel says, “We are glad to help repair the playground and maintain an ongoing partnership to assist in the incredible work being done at OSNS. BMO is giving $2,000 today and guaranteeing $2,000 for next year as well.  It’s important to give to local organizations and I know there are lots of ways we can help moving forward.”

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