Another stompin' good time was had by all at last weekend's annual Okanagan Grape Stomp event hosted by the House of Rose winery.

Grape stomp to fight cancer

Annual Okanagan Grape Stomp hosted by House of Rose Winery in support of Canadian Cancer Society.

Teams rolled up their pants, kicked off their shoes and jumped into the stomping barrel at the 3rd annual Okanagan Stomp at the House of Rose Winery last Saturday.

The event is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society and was raising money for brain cancer research this year.

All had a good time as teams tested their creativity, teamwork and problem-solving skills through a series of wine-related activities including Blind Taste Testing, Mystery Food Box Challenge and the Stomp Performance – a three-minute air band performance in the grape stomping barrel.

“The event is such fun,” said host Aura Rose. “We love to see the participants in the barrel having such a great time while supporting this very worthwhile cause.” This year, through a matching program with the Canadian Cancer Society, Brain Canada will match every dollar raised. Participants should be very proud of the fact that their impact was doubled through this partnership.”

The funds raised from Okanagan Stomp will go to the Canadian Cancer Society and be used to fund leading brain cancer research that is improving treatments, preventing cancer and saving lives.

“A huge shout out to our hosts Aura and Wouter of House of Rose Winery, and our other community partners Urban Fare, SunFM and EZ Rock,” said  Shannon Jolley, revenue development coordinator for the society.

“This event would not happen without their generosity and we are truly grateful. Community events like this are a vital source of funding for us and we are already looking forward to next year’s event .”

Randene Wejr, regional director for Canadian Cancer Society, echoeds Jolley’s thoughts. “We’re happy that Okanagan Stomp was able to take advantage of this unique matching program and double the impact against this hard-to-treat cancer.”

Hard-to-treat cancers – like brain, lung, pancreatic, throat, colorectal and ovarian – are those which often defy treatment, have the lowest survival rates and receive lower amounts of research funding. While the society funds research and support programs for all cancers, it is taking aim at hard-to-treat cancers like brain cancer because they believe with community support they can make a real difference.

“It worked with breast cancer,” said Wejr. “Thanks to significantly increased funding, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is now 88 per cent, an increase of 35 per cent since 1986. Average survival rates are only about 25 per cent for brain cancer.

“We believe that we can change that statistic because targeted investment in research works. Those that came out and participated in the grape stomp this year are helping to get closer to that goal, and for that we thank you.”