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Ride for Autism

Individuals of all cycling levels are invited to come together and ride for a cause on Oct. 5

Rider Cider's Ride for Autism will start at Bottega Farm in East Kelowna, where teams of two will map out their route, complete challenges, and taste some wine along the way.

Dave McAnerney, with Sun Rype and Rider Cider, says the event can be non-competitive or as challenging as you want it to be.

“Don’t worry if you are a solo rider we will pair you up.”

All of the proceeds for the event will go to ELS Autism Canada.

During the ride, MJ McAnerney, who suffers from Autism, will be operating his juice stand along the course. MJ started the juice stand to raise money for Autism awareness several years ago, after receiving a support dog who provided the boy with a sense of calmness.

The love for his support dog prompted the nine-year-old to want to help other children like him get a support dog.

Registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 28 with a $75 registration fee. Registrations will be accepted on event day until 3 p.m. with a $99 registration fee.

There will be a dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by prizes, music, silent auction and of course Rider Cider.

Click here to register.

Recovery Day Okanagan

Communities across the country will join together this month to raise awareness and reduce stigma for people suffering from addiction.

In Kelowna, stories of success will be shared to prove to those who are still suffering that recovery is possible, during the second Annual Recovery Day Okanagan in Stuart Park, on Sunday Sept. 21.

The event is being accompanied by an official proclamation signed by the Mayor of Kelowna, Walter Gray and pronounced by Kelowna City Councillor Mohini Singh, recognizing Recovery Day in Kelowna.

The celebration at Stuart Park will include celebratory messages and personal stories of recovery, musicians, face-painting, and numerous booths representing some of the services and supports from the Okanagan recovery community.

Dawn Keuhn, Chair for Recovery Day Okanagan, says  a new recovery movement is being organized at the local, provincial and federal level; one that is aimed at keeping the focus on the fact that recovery works and is making life better for millions of Canadians.

“Recovery Day aims to put a face and a voice on those who have found a solution.’

The event will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. at 1430 Water Street.

For more information check out recoveryday.ca

Driven to give

The parking lot at Willowstone Academy was alive with activity on Sunday, September 14th. In partnership with Kelowna Ford Lincoln, the independent school had the unique opportunity to earn up to $10,000 in a single day by test driving brand new Lincolns.

Robyn and Dean Bradshaw, parents of Willowstone Academy students and general manager at Kelowna Ford Lincoln, were thrilled to provide this opportunity and to give back to Willowstone Academy. “After becoming aware of the Lincoln ‘Driven to Give’ program, we approached Willowstone Academy offering the opportunity to give back to the community that has been so supportive and inspiring,” explain the Bradshaws.

“We are so grateful for the support we received within our church and school community, but also from our wonderful friends in the greater community,” expresses PTL president, Andrea MacLeod. “It was a day filled with fun and laughter. We couldn’t be happier to have reached our goal of $10,000 to put towards mobile laptop technology for our students. We want to express our utmost thanks to the great people at Kelowna Ford Lincoln for gifting us with this opportunity!”

Willowstone Academy is located at 4091 Lakeshore Rd. in Kelowna’s Lower Mission. The independent school offers year-round seamless childcare and education to families with children aged preschool – grade7. For more information please visit their website at www.willowstoneacademy.com or call (250)764-3111.


BMO Marathon needs volunteers

The BMO Okanagan Marathon is kicking off a volunteer drive in support of the 20th anniversary of this family fitness and active lifestyle festival.

Over 300 volunteers are needed to fill positions over the Thanksgiving race weekend, October 11-12th.  All volunteers will take part in an orientation, receive a volunteer t-shirt, and celebrate at an appreciation party. 

Rick Simpson and his partner Gael have been volunteers for over 30 years and have also recruited and managed volunteer activities themselves. Last year they took part in the BMO Okanagan Marathon and they loved the experience, “It’s the first time we ever participated in a marathon and it was wonderful to get out and see the runners close up and personal and be there to cheer them on,” says Simpson. He adds, “We appreciate how hard and gruelling the race can be and we clapped and encouraged them every step of the way towards the finish line. It was an exhilarating experience for us and one of the best events we have volunteered for and one of the best organized volunteer events we’ve participated in.”

Volunteer Coordinator, Cindy LaRue says volunteers enjoy the atmosphere of race weekend and there are plenty of opportunities for individuals to help on race day as a course marshal, water station volunteer, or in advance of the race in runner support services.  “We have also established a Volunteer-In-Kind program for local charities that helps build awareness of their organization while they provide volunteers to support this community event.”

Businesses, clubs, sports teams, or not for profit groups can also get on board by sponsoring a Water Station. LaRue explains, “It’s a great way for sponsors to raise their profile in the community by wearing company t-shirts and by letting runners know they are there to show support on behalf of their group. There is no cost to sponsor a water station and all supplies and training are provided.”

The BMO Okanagan Marathon has an event for everyone - from the recreational, advanced and competitive runners to children and adults.  Every registered participant will receive a BMO Okanagan Marathon Bag, along with a T-shirt and a Finisher’s Medal. The race is ideal for groups to build team spirit while also raising money for a great cause – The Sunshine Foundation of Canada. http://www.sunshine.ca/

To volunteer for the BMO Kelowna Marathon please register on-line by visiting: http://okanaganmarathon.volunteerhub.com

Please sign up and volunteer to participate in one of the best community and recreational events in the Okanagan! 

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