A day to push it

Dozens of people were running around downtown Kelowna this morning in silly outfits and decorated shopping carts, completing challenges to raise money to fight homelessness.

Saturday’s Push to End Homelessness was the fifth annual event held by Inn From the Cold, a non-profit shelter and community outreach program in Kelowna.

Fifteen teams met up at Inn From the Cold’s Sutherland Avenue location Saturday morning to kick off the event.

From there, they took off on foot downtown, pushing their decorated shopping carts, and followed a series of clues.

“They all head out on an Amazing Race-type competition and they all have various locations in the downtown-ish area,” said Jan Schulz, executive director of Inn From the Cold. “They have some scavenger hunt-type things on the way as well.”

After the competition, the teams met in Kerry Park for a barbecue and live music from Kelowna favourites, Wild Son.

Participating teams have been gathering pledges from friends and families, and Schulz says they are hoping to raise $15,000.

“It’s a big fundraiser that we have, probably our biggest independent fundraising event,” Schulz said.

In addition to pledges, local businesses have donated $2,600 in prizes for participants, including wine packages and spa and gym gift certificates.

Money raised at Saturday’s event will go directly to helping those who are homeless in Kelowna. 

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