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Falcons to host charity game

The Kelowna Falcons want to raise $50,000 in one night for charity and you can help.

On Wednesday June 28, 2017 the Falcons will host the sixth annual BC Fire Fighters Burn Fund charity game with all game ticket sales being donated.

“It’s a lofty goal,” says Falcons General Manager Mark Nonis. “That said; this is always one of our biggest nights of the year at the ballpark and the dollar amount each year continues to climb thanks to our amazing fans and our corporate partners.  Everyday these fire fighters put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe.  When something goes wrong the Burn Fund is there, so this is one way we know how to give back to them.”

Once again the game itself is just part of this massive event which culminates with an exciting fireworks display in centre field.  During the game fans of all ages can enjoy the face painting, bouncy castles and food.  Then following the game, fans will be entertained with a live concert just prior to the fireworks show.

If that wasn’t enough a mystery guest celebrity has been scheduled to throw out the ceremonial opening pitch.

Tickets are just $10.00 and can be purchased online or at Kelowna’s Main Fire Hall at 2255 Enterprise Way during regular business hours.

In the previous five years this Falcons charity game has raised over $150,000 for the BC Burn Fund and is hoping to add to that total on June 28th when they host the Cowlitz Black Bears.

For more information on the game, the event or to donate call the Falcons headquarters at 250-763-4100.



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Lions support local kids

On Wednesday, June 14, the Kelowna-Rutland Lions Club members visited the Kelowna Family YMCA with a big cheque that will help a lot more local children and youth in need.
 
The Lions Clubs International and YMCA’s share a core belief – to serve their community. One of the Lions key missions is to support children through scholarships, recreation and mentoring.
 
The $1,000 gift to the YMCA will make it possible for more underprivileged children, youth and families from our community to access Y child care and other programs that will support their health, development and positively impact their lives. 



An invaluable donation

Mandeep Randhawa, who recently completed Okanagan College’s Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program, received an invaluable gift to launch his mechanics career: Ricardo Pacheco, joined by his wife Violeta Pacheco, donated his entire toolbox from his time as a heavy duty technician and owner of his own trucking company.
 
“It is so meaningful to receive this toolbox,” says Randhawa, who moved to the Okanagan from India two years ago. “These tools will give me a head start on my career. It’s a dream come true.”



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Orphans say thank you

The efforts of children in Kelowna will help put a safe roof over the heads of orphans in India.

Kelowna Coun. Mohini Singh, a director of the locally based East Meets West Foundation, says a recent entrepreneurial fundraiser at Anne McClymont Elementary School raised $2,500.

That money is being donated to the Navajyoti Creche, an orphanage near Kolkata that is sponsored by the charity. It will pay to renovate a rough, unused room so more children can be helped.

The McClymont students designed and sold their own products in the fair, selling everything from birdhouses to dreamcatchers and homemade cookies.

Singh said the charity's mandate doesn't allow it to spend on capital projects, only care for the children, so the money from the sale will help with a project East Meets West would otherwise be unable to undertake.

Singh shared a photo of the children at the orphanage, holding a large Thank You sign.



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