Tenth annual walk, run hopes to raise $50K for Gospel Mission

Strides to end homelessness

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission is hoping to raise $50,000 on Saturday when it conducts its 10th annual Strides to End Homelessness event.

The Mission is inviting the community to do a two- or five-kilometre walk or a 10-kilometre run with members of their bubble on Saturday, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Strides to End Homelessness is a perfect event during COVID,” Gospel Mission executive director Carmen Rempel said in a press release. “People can put on their Strides toque and walk with their family ‘bubble’ while reflecting on how important secure housing is.

“We initially thought, because of COVID, that it would be tough to reach our goal this year but to our surprise, this event has already raised over $30,000 and we expect to reach our $50,000 goal by Saturday. Our community has really stepped up this year to ensure no one in our valley goes without food for a place to live.”

The money will go services like meals, shelter, outreach, individual wellness plans and more. This year, most of the fundraising is online, and once funds are raised people can drop by to pick up their toques at 259B Leon Ave.

To participate in the event, of which Castanet is a sponsor, visit the Gospel Mission website or the Strides website directly.

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