Running across Haiti

Team Tassy

In a few short weeks, UBCO student, Paige Marzinzik, will be running 350 kms over eight days across Haiti, to raise funds for Team Tassy. 

Paige selected Team Tassy after her mum volunteered with the team for the past couple years. All money raised goes towards the work Team Tassy does in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Team Tassy is fighting to end poverty, one family at a time, by helping provide the necessary health care and education so Haitians can find sustainable employment. 

I met up with Paige and her mum earlier this week to talk about this fundraising drive:

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If you are interested in donating, you can either reach out to her directly via email or visit these links:

For more information on Team Tassy 

Click here to donate.

Stone Soup Gala

The Stone Soup Gala is another great fundraising event happening this weekend.

A culinary experience that you won't want to miss, the Okanagan Chef's Association is proud to partner with Niteo Africa to raise funds and awareness for literacy centres in Africa. 

The OCA junior members will create culinary delights inspired by their favourite book. The chefs will compete for bragging rights and prizes, and guests will get to dine on the delectable creations, then cast their vote for the winning team. 

One-of-a-kind pottery bowls by Marijanel Knight are included with dinner, so come browse the collection and choose your favourite to take home as a memento of the evening. 

I always find it much easier to donate to a local cause or a local supporting an international cause. You know that someone has directly seen where the funds are going, and how their fundraising efforts are effecting change. Both Niteo and Team Tassy are great options, as you consider how you can be a global citizen. 

Giving Giggles

The Giving Giggles campaign for the KGH foundation is ramping up efforts to ensure the soon-to-open perinatal unit offers the best services possible for new parents in our community. 

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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