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!
The Gallagher's Ladies presented the Kelowna Women’s Shelter with a generous $16,000 donation that was raised at their annual Pro Am Golf Tournament.
The shelter staff were very excited to receive the much needed funds to help them continue to house, feed and take care of the women and children who stay there each and every night of the year.
Find out more about the Kelowna woman's shelter go to their website.
The Great Canadian Bacon Chase is a 5km Scurry or a .05km Saunter to raise money for “Inn From the Cold Kelowna”. By running and eating unlimited BC bacon you will be responding to the needs of people who are experiencing, or are at risk of homelessness.
The starting pen will be located at Michaelbrook Golf Course and the herd of runners will be released in a 5km hustle down Mission Creek Greenway. There will be multiple BC Bacon Station along the way to keep you on track and at the top of your game.
The 0.05km Saunter is the ultimate fast track to pig heaven. Walk 164 feet from the parking lot to the Pig Pen and enjoy the same bacon ecstasy as the 5km runners.
$40.00 V.I.P. (Very Important Porklover)
$25.00 Future V.I.P. (Ages 12-17)
$15.00 Bacon Bits (Ages 7-11)
$5 Cracklins (Ages 6 & Under)
Purchase Tickets (Eventbrite)
What’s Included with your donation?
VIPS receive a One of a kind Great Canadian Bacon Chase T-Shirt from Dogs Ear
Unlimited BC Bacon
Virgin Clamato Caesar with Bacon Garnish
Pancake Breakfast with more bacon
Great Canadian Bacon Chase Organizers are not responsible for any bacon sweats!
Thank you to our Sponsors Reid & Associates & BC Pork Association
Over 500 pooches invaded City Park this weekend, with one thing on their mind...going for a walk and helping their furry friends.
The BCSPCA’s annual Paws for A Cause event took place in communities around the province to raise money and awareness about animal cruelty.
Each year the BCSPCA strives to provide care for 41,000 animals, a costly endeavour for the non-profit society.
Suzanne Pugh, the branch manager at the Kelowna shelter, says the organization has recently come together to make the walk a core event across BC and raise funds that will go towards ending cruelty toward animals.
“It’s so important that when we think of cruelty to animals, it is not just our domesticated animals, our dogs and our cats. It’s the equine, the horses in the community, it’s the farm animals, it’s the exotics all of those (animals), so regardless of what your passion is this is about coming together to end animal cruelty full stop.”
While it was just dogs at this event, the K-9’s and their guardians did their best to bring attention to the cause. Whether it was dressing fido up in a tutu, or in a superman t-shirt, the message was clear, abused and abandoned animals are in need of support.
Kelowna raised $79,000, exceeding their goal of $75,000. Over 80 volunteers committed their time for the day, whether it meant grooming pups post walk or selling t-shirts.
Walks also took place in Vernon and Penticton.
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