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Therapeutic Lake Cruises needs help to continue cruising the lake

Charity trying to stay afloat

A Kelowna not-for-profit needs your help in order to stay afloat, literally.

Therapeutic Lake Cruises, has been taking seniors and physically challenged individuals out for a cruise on Okanagan Lake in a 24-foot covered pontoon boat for the past nine years.

Donna Cameron tells Castanet she retired a few years ago and wanted to find a way to give back to the community.

"It's been going well. The first three or four years we spent getting set up and connecting with seniors groups," Cameron says.

Things changed for the worse when COVID-19 hit.

"The summer before last we were shut down completely," Cameron says. "We did 20 trips this summer but then it got too hot, then we had smoke and then the water was too low. What's next?"

Now, a GoFundMe has been created to help keep Therapeutic Lake Cruises afloat.

Cameron says they're asking for $20,000, but they really need at least a couple of thousand dollars to keep going. "We're going to need a new motor and insurance for our three captains is expensive."

Cameron says she hopes her group can make it through another winter and if they can get started next year without any further delays or COVID-19 related issues they should be able to survive.

"It's like having a house, it always needs something. Although we are closed for the season expenses such as insurance, storage and maintenance continue," she said.

"Any amount you can donate to our society will be greatly appreciated."

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