Caravan of Care returns Friday, fundraising for two United Way initiatives

Caravan of Care returns

The second annual Caravan of Care is getting ready to roll out on Friday, raising money for two United Way initiatives.

In a social media post, organizer Nathaniel Martin said the donation drive will see vehicles make their way from Valleyview to McArthur Island, by way of the United Way’s Clapperton Road location on the North Shore.

Martin said he’s organizing this year’s Caravan of Care to support United for Ukraine, a campaign that provides help Ukrainians arriving in B.C., and the School’s Out pilot program.

This program is set to start in September 2022, and will focus on after-school programming for children ages 6 to 12.

According to Martin, participants will meet at 6 p.m. on May 13 at the Valleyview Petro-Pass truck stop beside McCracken’s Pub.

Vehicles will drive down Victoria Street at about 6:15 p.m., and will make a turn down Second Avenue to swing through Riverside Park — the initial start location of the drive, changed to accommodate a concurrent Kamloops Blazers playoff game.

The caravan will then make its way to the North Shore.

“Hope we’ll have some Ukrainian flags aloft and give a little cheer as Kamloops partners [reach] out again to help displaced Ukrainian families and at-risk children through United Way’s initiatives,” Martin said in a statement.

Last year, Caravan of Care was able to raise $20,000 to tackle youth homelessness. Six trucks representing half a dozen trades companies drove to Clapperton Road to drop off donation cheques for United Way and A Way Home Kamloops.

Those interested in supporting Caravan of Care can find more information on the fundraiser's donation page.

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