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Community raises enough to keep Therapeutic Lake Cruises going

The boat will stay afloat

A Kelowna charity fighting to stay afloat will survive to cruise Okanagan Lake again this summer thanks to the communities generosity.

"Everybody was donating, it was wonderful, we even got a potential captain."

Donna Cameron with Therapeutic Lake Cruises Society tells Castanet her group is buoyed with optimism after the community stepped up to make sure the program could continue.

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. They ran into money issues because they couldn't operate, first due to COVID-19 and then the smoke from the wildfires kept their boat at the dock.

The situation was so dire a GoFundMe campaign was launched and the society managed to raise $1,710, which they say will be enough to keep them going.

"We're hoping that COVID-19 stays away and we don't get anymore heat domes and we're good to go," Cameron says.

She was touched by everyone's generosity and wants to thank Barry's Mobile Marine for donating $1,000 and for taking care of the motor as well as Shelter Bay Marina and Dockside Marine Centre for the moorage slip.

"So many people reached out to help, the seniors homes, the Rotary Club, everyone who donated to the GoFundMe. I know there are so many good causes out there and stories to tell it’s hard to print all but Castanet put smiles on many senior's faces."

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