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Skating for the food bank

Hundreds of people turned out Castanet's second annual free public skate in support of the Kelowna Community Foodbank.

Kids eagerly dropped off food donations at the door before lacing up their skates for a spin on the Kelowna Rockets' home ice.

Lenneta Parry, executive director of the Kelowna Food Bank, was on hand to collect donations and take in the fun.

"We've had great response from the Kelowna public coming out for a chance to skate on the ice at Prospera, we've had lots of food donations coming in and lots of cash donations and everyone is smiling having a good time," she said.

"Events like this are really important to the Kelowna Food Bank, we simply can not do the work we do without the support of the community. So events like this are really great."

Castanet's news director, Trevor Rockliffe explained the company has a strong ongoing connection with the Kelowna Food Bank.

" We did it last year and we've worked with the food bank again this year to cover the cost of the arena so everybody could come from free. They just had to bring a donation to help out the food bank. We are a major supporter of them and it's always for a good cause if we can help them out."  

Castanet does a lot of work in support of the food bank over the holiday season with the Cast-A-Light campaign, but Rockliffe adds it's important to continue that partnership in the off season.

"People often don't think of the food bank after Christmas so this is a good way to pump up some of their resources that they need to help out people in the community.

Rockliffe estimated turnout surpassed the 300 people who took to the ice last year.

One of those zipping around the rink was Emmanuel. 

"It was fun because I got to skate with my friend... and it was fun because I've never been skating in this kind of arena before," the youngster gushed.

While sister Amaya was equally taken with the activity.

"I got to skate with my friend too and it's so fun here," she said.

If you missed Saturday's free skate, but still want to help out the food bank, Parry says their biggest need right now is for donations of baby formula.

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