What do you love about Kelowna?
Tana Silverland will be asking residents this question on March 31 when her epic 2 1/2 year journey across Canada brings her through the Okanagan.
As a recent immigrant to Canada from the United Kingdom, Silverland is pedalling her recumbent trike from town to town across the length and breadth of the country, asking people what they love about the place that they call home.
She is also hoping to make it possible for orphans around the world to answer the same question, by spreading the word about SOS Children’s Villages, an international charity that provides new homes and families for children who have nobody else to care for them.
Having been virtually bedridden with a serious illness for nearly 10 years, Silverman knows only too well what a difference a loving family makes.
“Many organizations abandon the children in their care once they reach the age of majority, but just like my own parents, SOS Children’s Villages continues to look after its children until they are fully ready to live independently, even if illness or other factors mean that this point does not neatly coincide with their 19th birthday,” she said.
“SOS Children’s Villages also provides health care facilities for the whole community if none currently exist.
“So what better way to celebrate my return to health than to make a cycling journey that could help others enjoy good health too?”
Silverman’s journey began in Whitehorse last June. After pedalling more than 2,500 km, she will be arriving in Kelowna on Thursday.
Silverman wants to know why local residents love Kelowna, and to share their answers at the website www.tanasilverland.wordpress.com (click on ‘The Place you C).
And if you would like to help provide an orphan somewhere in the world with a place that they can call home too, visit the SOS Children’s Villages website at www.soschildrensvillages.ca (click on ‘You Can Help’).