Community


Lions help Kelowna’s cubs
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 16, 2020 - Community

The Kelowna Family YMCA was on the receiving end of a $1,500 donation last week. The Kelowna-Rutland Lions Club visited the YMCA last Wednesday and dropped off the cheque that will go towards helping children and youth in need. The money will make it possible for more underprivileged children, youth and families to access Y […]

Office engraved on Big White
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 16, 2020 - Community

Big White’s Community Policing Office is getting ready to celebrate its 20-year anniversary. The facility opened its doors on March 15, 2000, in Whitefoot Lodge, and it is open every day between 1 and 4 p.m. Wayne Lyseng and his wife, Donna, have been volunteering at the office since the beginning, and they love the […]

Big donation for health centre
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 14, 2020 - Community

The Health Sciences Centre at Okanagan College has received another big financial boost. The facility, which is currently under construction, has received a $28,000 donation from the Central Okanagan Foundation. The Health Sciences Centre will educate health care assistants, nurses and therapist assistants—among others. The Central Okanagan Foundation took the baton from the Kelowna Home […]

RibFest donates meaty amount
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 13, 2020 - Community

RibFest not only brings the meat. It brings in the cash, too. The fourth annual event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, raised approximately $80,000 for local charities in 2019. The money came primarily from sponsorships, the beverage garden and the raffle that ran concurrently with the festival. “The funds raised during Sunrise […]

Drink wine, help Australia
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 09, 2020 - Community

The Australian bushfires have hit home with Little Farm Winery co-owner Rhys Pender, who hails from the continent. So the Cawston winery is doing what it can to help. Little Farm is putting together some mixed cases of wine to sell, and all proceeds will go to the firefighting efforts and ensuing recovery. Pender has […]

Winery helps women in need
Colin Dacre - Jan 08, 2020 - Community

A Penticton winery has made a significant donation to the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. Monster Vineyards, sister winery to Poplar Grove, donates 100 per cent of the tasting fees collected by its wine shop to charity every year. “We believe strongly in supporting our local charities to provide a support system to our […]

A Gathering for local hall
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 07, 2020 - Community

East Kelowna Hall has been a fixture in that part of the community for more than eight decades. Next month stewards of the facility will be holding a fundraising dinner and dance—called The Gathering—with the intention of keeping the facility open and flourishing for years to come. The night of food and entertainment will be […]

Diamonds bring big bucks
Miriam Halpenny - Jan 07, 2020 - Community

Premier Jewellery and Loans, along with Castanet, is celebrating the success of this year’s diamond earring fundraiser, which benefits the Kelowna Women’s Shelter. This year, a pair of 14-carat white gold, halo-design earrings were auctioned off at $7,050.50, beating last year’s record of $7,000. “We had a fantastic result,” Premier Jewellery and Loans owner Martin Strasser said. “We want […]

Teens rides to rescue
Sarita Patel - Jan 06, 2020 - Community

A Kelowna tween is hoping to help a family in need with an experience they’ll not soon forget. Emma Hawkins was hoping to volunteer at the Give Kids The World Village with her dad and the DisDads Club during their annual convention in January, but she was too young. The minimum age to volunteer is 12, and Hawkins is […]

Hear, hear! NexGen helps out
Okanagan Edge Staff - Dec 30, 2019 - Community

A West Kelowna resident new to Canada will be able to hear the sounds of the Okanagan in 2020 and beyond. NexGen Hearing donated a pair of hearing aids earlier this month to Galen Casey, who visited the company’s West Kelowna location earlier this month but couldn’t acquire much-needed hearing aids since he didn’t have […]