YMCA Okanagan speeds past previous fundraising goal

YMCA Okanagan peddled right by its previous fundraising record last Saturday, bringing in $75,000

YMCA Okanagan peddled right by its previous fundraising record last Saturday, bringing in $75,000 at its 9th annual Cycle for Strong Kids event.

“We’ve had really great support this year,” said Cory Krist, Y general manager, against a backdrop of a dozen participants sweating to a 45-minute spin class.

Krist said the fundraiser, which drew in 300 participants,  is aimed at raising dollars that will be put toward a fund that allows the community to access affordable Y programs, including preschool and before and after school care.

One in five children enrolled in Y programs—including membership, swim lessons, preschool, before and after school care and more—require financial assistance in order to participate.

At the YMCA, no one is turned away because of an inability to pay.

While the event, which was sponsored by Fresh Air and Delcourt Wealth Management at ScotiaMcLeod, was a great success, the need remains to assist more children and families in the Okanagan. Individuals can still donate to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign by visiting www.ymcaokanagan.ca/donate.