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Tim Hortons delivers over 29,000 smiles for YMCA Kids

The smiles are in. Tim Hortons restaurants in the Central Okanagan raised $29,091 from their annual Smile Cookie Campaign with 100% of the proceeds donated to the YMCA of Okanagan. The campaign, which ran for one week in September, saw thousands of Tim Hortons customers purchase a smile cookie for one dollar. “We’re so proud of the success of our Smile Cookie Campaign,” says Chris Chapman, owner of three local restaurants. “With the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have not’s’ widening in our community, we can’t think of a charity that makes a bigger impact on the lives of struggling kids and families in the Okanagan than the YMCA.” Since local Tim Hortons stores began supporting the Y’s Healthy Snack Program in 2013, $156,317 has been raised to ensure that each year the hundreds of children participating in Y preschool or out of school care programs receive the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. “It is critical that all children in our care get a daily healthy snack,” says Danielle Miranda, YMCA Senior Child Care Manager. “Many kids in our programs come to us without eating regular meals. With one in three children relying on financial assistance to participate in Y child care, those families struggle to afford nutritious food and any afterschool snacks at all.” YMCA of Okanagan operates preschool and child care programs at seven...

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United Way needs your help tackling the growing needs of the community

The United Way CSO campaign is well underway and since the kickoff breakfast in September has been gaining steam. In order to support the needs of the community, United Way is asking for your help to make a difference in the lives of kids, families, and seniors. Thanks to the generosity of United Way’s supporters through the 2016 campaign, United Way was able to invest $1.39M in 41 local agencies in 2017. This supports programs addressing some of the most urgent needs in our community - from programs aimed at preventing youth violence to emergency shelter and trauma counselling for women and subsidized...

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Historic $4.5 million Kiwanis endowment support local children

A donation of  $4 million from The Kiwanis Clubs of Kelowna to the KGH Foundation will benefit child and youth health care in the Central Okanagan, and $500,000 to the Central Okanagan Foundation will support local programs for children and youth in arts & culture, community services and education. It’s the single largest gift the Kelowna General Hospital has received in its 109 year history of serving this community. “We applaud Kiwanis’ leadership in championing the wellbeing of our kids for over 70 years, and now, in perpetuity,” says Doug Rankmore, CEO of the KGH Foundation.  “We are honored and...

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It was a P-A-R-T-Y this weekend in Kelowna

Superstars Dean Brody and James Reimer rock for World Vision Superstars Dean Brody and James Reimer joined a crowd of over 700 this weekend for the #LoveCanKelowna event. Together, participants raised over $263,000 for clean water projects, ensuring that 5,280 more children will now have access to safe water. Deputy Mayor Gail Given kicked off the event by proclaiming, "Saturday, July 8, 2017 has been declared World Vision Canada Love Can Kelowna 6K Walk for Water Day." "One of the things we want to highlight is that many people in the developing world have to travel long distances every day to...

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Okanagan golf pros raise funds for ALS

During the month of June & July, golf professionals will golf from sunrise to sunset to support those living with ALS. On July 19, Lee Ranger & Connor Kozak of The Okanagan Golf Club, Kelowna, will golf as many holes as possible to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC.  The club is one of 36 golf courses located across BC participating in the 12th Annual PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS. Ranger and Kozak join a list of Okanagan golfers who have helped raise funds for the cause. Participants have included Lee Alarie, Taylor Fahey and Jason...

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