Hundreds of heroes came together for the YMCA Okanagan's first annual Strong Kids Megathon Event, raising $16,000 to date towards providing opportunities for local children in need.

megathon heroes YMCAThe fundraising event was an action packed, fun filled day for the whole family with participants pushing themselves in various challenges. Activities were held at both the Kelowna Family YMCA and H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre with plenty of challenges for every age.

Some of the personal Megathon success stories include: an 8 year old swimming 80 laps or 4 kms in just over two hours; an older adult holding a plank for 10 minutes; a senior who had two heart surgeries, a knee replacement and a lung condition walked 2.5 kms in the Walkathon; and a non-swimmer reached his goal of completing the Triathlon Challenge.

The Y thanks everyone in the community who supported this event including the participants and heroes, as well as donors and sponsors such as Old Town Market, Powerplant Bars, Melcor, Superstore, Beyond Nutrition, Wet Ape, Swimco and Big White. These generous contributions make it possible for the YMCA to nurture and grow the potential of local children and families.

In 2013 the YMCA Okanagan was able to support 2,195 Kids with assisted memberships, 178 families with affordable child care, and 201 campers were sponsored to go to Silver Lake Camp and Day Camps.

Donations for YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign are accepted year round. For more information or to donate visit