Everyone can Live to Ride
Okanagan Edge Staff - 7:35 am - Get Involved

Photo: Contributed

Big White Ski Resort and Elevation Outdoors are teaming up this summer to help disadvantaged youth take to the mountain on bikes.

Elevation Outdoors is a Kelowna-based charity that kicked off its four-day adult mountain bike camp earlier this week, and it will conduct a youth one starting on July 9. Proceeds from both camps will go to Elevation Outdoor’s Live to Ride program, which gives youth between the ages of 12 and 18 the chance to learn the sport.

“Not everybody is represented, and not everybody has equal opportunity to gain experience in the outdoors,” Elevation Outdoors executive director Mike Greer said in a press release. “The participants don’t have to pay anything to come out. They have seven weeks of biking, and we provide the bikes and helmets. They just need to show up with clothes they’re comfortable in and closed toed shoes they can ride in.”

To qualify for a scholarship, youth must meet one of five different criteria: if the parents or guardians of the youth are at or below the low income cut-offs as published by the CRA; if the youth, parents or guardians are on social assistance; if they’re involved in the foster care system; if they’re on parole, probation or in a restorative justice program; and if they get a referral from a mental health practitioner.

“We really do try to open our doors to young people from backgrounds that historically don’t have access or have limited access to these sports and try to be the gateway to getting more of them out,” Greer said.

Gator raffle benefits 4-H BC
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 17, 2019 - Get Involved

Photos: Contributed

PrairieCoast Equipment has once again helped out 4-H BC through the latter’s biennial Gator Lottery fundraiser.

Two lucky winners rode off in John Deere Gators, both valued at $11,000, when their numbers were chosen last weekend in Kamloops. PrairieCoast Equipment has been donating Gators to the lottery every other year for several years now.

The winners picked up their new rides at PrairieCoast Equipment’s Kelowna location.

Dr. Oz joins ALERT team
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 17, 2019 - Get Involved

Photo: Contributed

Rose Valley Veterinarian Hospital’s Dr. Moshe Oz has signed an official agreement to help animals during times of crisis.

Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team, also known as ALERT, has signed an official supplier consent agreement with Dr. Oz, who will be now be part of the Emergency Support Services (ESS) program in the South and Central Okanagan.

ALERT and ESS volunteers work alongside each other to help evacuees safely shelter their animals during times of crisis.

ALERT is always looking for volunteers willing to provide foster homes for animals, especially livestock.

CU celebrates with generosity
Chelsea Powrie - Jun 17, 2019 - Get Involved

Photo: Contributed

Summerland Credit Union has donated a new pop-up tent to NeighbourLink, the first of several initiatives planned in 2019 to celebrate the credit union’s 75th anniversary.

“Since our inception, with the support of our members, Summerland Credit Union has been giving back to our community. It’s one of our core values as an organization,” marketing coordinator Erin Trainer said.

“NeighbourLink does amazing work to connect people in need with available resources. They also host social events for seniors who might otherwise be isolated.”

The organization says on their website that their goal is to “provide help to all the people of Summerland, without strings and without charge.”

The donated tent will be used at events around town in order to generate public awareness about the non-profit organization, as well as providing shade for their volunteers.

“NeighbourLink wants to ensure that anyone who requires help knows we are there for them. With this generous donation from Summerland Credit Union, we will be able to have a presence in Summerland and create a welcoming place for people to learn more about our services,” NeighbourLink coordinator Mirjana Komljenovic said.

Trainer says this donation is just one of many charitable actions planned this year from Summerland Credit Union.

“We recently adopted a bold new mission statement, ‘We Enrich Lives,’” Trainer said. “It’s our goal to not only provide superior financial services for our members, but also to enrich their lives, as well as those in our community.”

FM radio in Penticton
Monique Tamminga - Jun 17, 2019 - Get Involved

Photo: Monique Tamminga

With the flick of a ceremonial switch, Peach City Radio officially took to the FM airwaves as Penticton’s first community radio station—CFUZ at 92.9 FM—on the dial Sunday.

“This was nearly 10 years in the making, but we are proud to say we are now the first and only FM community radio station,” CFUZ president Jackie Del Rizzo said at the radio station’s launch party on Sunday. Around 50 people came out in support.

“The great thing about community radio is it’s the voice of the community. We aren’t owned by a corporation, and we are 100 per cent volunteer,” she added.

The CFUZ radio station is based out of the Cannery Trade Centre.

On Feb. 1, the FM transmitter was turned on and Peach City Radio started broadcasting as CFUZ at 92.9 FM. Since then, many Penticton residents have discovered the CFUZ signal, which broadcasts a variety of spoken word and music programs.

“Music is a huge part of CFUZ, so local musicians, bring us your music. We also need more voices and more stories to share as we go forward,” Del Rizzo said.

Del Rizzo hosts a classic music program called Decomposed every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

It’s a wide variety of music, from Motorhead to local indie music.

“There’s something for everyone,” she said.

The journey to successfully launching a community FM radio station began over nine years ago with a group of interested residents attending an information meeting at the Penticton Art Gallery.

Peach City Community Radio Society was formed in early 2010.  Along the way, this non-profit society raised funds for broadcast equipment and a studio, transmitted temporary broadcasts, and hosted numerous events such as concerts, volunteer training sessions, public talks and even a live radio play. Peach City Radio also hosts the annual Okanagan Vinyl Festival, which acts as a key fundraiser for the organization.

Heroes lottery loves Okanagan
Kirk Penton - Jun 14, 2019 - Get Involved

The Okanagan is once again home to a pair of grand prize options in a major, Vancouver-based home lottery.

The Hometown Heroes Lottery, which is co-ordinated by VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and the British Columbia Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund, has two Okanagan grand prize options among the nine that will be available.

One of the featured grand prizes is a 2,544 square-foot house in the burgeoning Lakestone Living development in Lake Country. The home, which hasn’t been built yet, will have three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and stunning views of Okanagan Lake. A similar home at Lakestone Living is featured in the video above. Also included in the package is a furnishings package or $40,000 cash, a 2019 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Coupe, a 2019 Tige R20 with Trailer, a 2019 Ram 1500 and $1.1 million in cash.

The other Okanagan grand prize is a home in the ONE Water Street development in downtown Kelowna, which is currently under construction. The prize is a sub-penthouse featuring three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, a deck and two parking spots. Other goodies in that package include a 2019 Tesla Model 3 and $1 million in cash.

Overall, there are 3,169 prizes worth over a total of $3.4 million, including luxury homes, vacations and cars up for grabs. Tickets will be sold until July 11, and they can be purchased by visiting www.heroeslottery.com.

Red Wing donates to PRH
Colin Dacre - Jun 13, 2019 - Get Involved

Homeowners at Penticton’s Red Wing Resorts, inspired of the philanthropy of the late David Kampe, have donated $25,700 to Penticton Regional Hospital.

The funds from a recent gala will help the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation provide equipment for phase two of the PRH expansion—a major upgrade to the emergency department.

David Kampe developed the 353-home gated community just north of the city off Highway 97.

“Red Wing homeowners are well aware that at some point they will be utilizing the services provided by the hospital,” said Gerry Chalmers, vice-president of the Red Wing homeowners association.

An original plan to raise $10 from each home through a door-to-door campaign evolved into a larger “gala evening” at the Red Wing clubhouse.

“The response was quite simply overwhelming, tickets sold out the first day,” Chalmers said. “Volunteers were readily available and many of those unable to attend were quick to make donations to the fund.”

No decision has been made on whether to make the gala an annual event or to hold some different form of a charity fundraiser in the future.

Construction of the Emergency Department upgrade at PRH will get underway soon and be completed by 2021.

$91K raised for YMCA
Jon Manchester - Jun 12, 2019 - Get Involved

Photo: Contributed

YMCA Okanagan’s Cycle for Strong Kids event raised a whopping $91,000.

Hundreds of vulnerable children will be able to access healthy Y programs, thanks to the nearly 350 cyclists who took part in the May 26 outdoor spin class.

“We are blown away by the generosity of our community,” the Y’s Rhonda Zakala said. “The riders all had a blast at the event, but it pales in comparison to how much fun they’ve gifted back to local kids, granting them access to summer camps, after school programs, basketball, swim lessons and so many other vital programs many parents can’t afford on their own.”

With an estimated one in five children in the Central Okanagan living in poverty, many families are unable to enrol their kids in activities most take for granted.

The YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign allows the Y to offer financial assistance on child care, preschool, spring and summer camps, swim lessons, health memberships, and recreational and sport programs. Additional services are also offered completely free for high-risk children.

Purair will help Mamas
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 29, 2019 - Get Involved

Photo: Contributed

A Kelowna-based indoor air quality company has announced an agreement that will result in money going to the Mamas for Mamas charity.

Modern Purair’s Purkids Foundation will donate thousands of dollars each month to Mamas for Mamas, a national charitable organization that supports moms in crisis and provides ongoing support to low-income mothers and their kids.

Purair, which provides indoor air quality testing, furnace and air duct cleaning, furnace filters and filter maintenance programs, and dryer vent cleaning, will be donating one per cent of Modern Purair system sales company-wide to the Purkids Foundation.

“We were looking for a partner that could help us make a difference in the actual communities where our franchises are located to complement our international charitable efforts,” Modern Purair co-founder Lane Martin said in a press release. “We were excited to discover that Mamas for Mamas had locations in each of our communities allowing us to achieve that goal.”

Mamas for Mamas founder Shannon Christensen said the arrangement is already paying dividends for its clients.

“We got a call from a mother on a remote island off the coast of Vancouver who had fled an abusive situation and needed immediate food security and rental support,” Christensen said. “As a result of this partnership, we could say yes. We will help feed the mother and child while we find additional supports. We will give the hand up needed to move past this situation and not just a hand out to get through today.”

Askew to be honoured
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 27, 2019 - Get Involved

Photo: Google

The Armstrong Library will dedicate a meeting room to David Askew during a ceremony later this week.

The David Askew Meeting Room will recognize his contribution to the relocation and renovation efforts that were completed on the Armstrong Library in 2017. The meeting room is used by the library staff and the community to host events, programs and activities.

“The renovations and the move that the Armstrong Library underwent has been well received by the community,” Okanagan Regional Library marketing and communications director Michal Utko said in a press release. “We regularly see comments from patrons and staff about how excellent of a resource this new space is.

“The Armstrong Library wouldn’t be what it is today without Mr. Askew’s contributions and donations. Everyone at ORL appreciates Mr. Askew’s generosity, and we are proud to dedicate a meeting room in his name.”

Thanks to Askew’s contributions, the Armstrong Library added meeting and study rooms, education-focused resources, computers, Internet access points and space.

The dedication ceremony will take place at the library on Thursday at 11 a.m.

All Get Involved Stories