The recent 6th annual Okanagan Money Mart 24 Hour Relay for the Kids raised more than $96,000 in cash donations in support of the B.C. Lions Society’s Easter Seals Camp Winfield, and the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs’ Camp ArrowFlight.
With additional in-kind support, the event overall brought in $171,286.
Runners and walkers circled the Apple Bowl Stadium relay-style for 24 hours logging over 3,400 km, including 120 laps by eight-year-old participant Jonathon Welsh.
Welsh surpassed his goal of 110 laps in support of his older brother who has attended Camp Winfield for several summers.
The top fundraising team was the Century 21 Assurance Realty Centurions, raising $18,225.
Behind them were WestJet with $5,260 and Site 360 MMM Hometown Heros with $4,932.
The donations go to support the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs’ Camp ArrowFlight, situated on 82 acres outside of Armstrong.
Camp ArrowFlight provides children and youth in the Okanagan with the opportunity to learn about the environment, the importance of being part of a team and about themselves through programming based on recreation, adventure and experiential learning.
Camp ArrowFlight creates a safe, supportive environment where children and youth experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
One in three campers receive financial support through the “campership” program to attend camp.
Funds raised also go to the Easter Seals camping program which sends Okanagan children with disabilities to Camp Winfield for one-week camping experiences at no cost to their families.
Easter Seals camps give children an opportunity to build their confidence and independence, to spend time with other children with similar challenges, and gives them a sense of freedom and success not possible anywhere else.