Volunteers needed who are children at heart

The success of Fat Cat Children’s Festival is due to a vibrant team of volunteers who help create the magic.

World-class performers, hands-on creative experiences, exposure to the arts and children focused—that in a nutshell describes the Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival.

Scheduled for June 7 and 8 at Waterfront Park in Kelowna, the success of this festival is due, in large part, to a vibrant team of volunteers who help create the magic.

What moves you to get involved? Are you a people person? Do you enjoy children? Is your interest in keeping people organized and safe?

There are lots of roles for you to consider. Use your hands to paint faces, set up the stage, help at an activity station or direct others.  Every position is vital to making this Fat Cat Children’s Festival happen.

Established in 1990, this annual festival was organized to establish a high-quality, professionally produced educational summer festival for children in the Central Okanagan.

In 2007, the vision of the festival expanded to a two-day event in June that includes a School Day on Friday and the Community Day, complete with parade, on Saturday.

School Day Friday runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for schools across the Central Okanagan and engages children in hands-on programming and workshops.

Community Day Saturday begins with the parade along Bernard Avenue at 10 a.m. and at 11 a.m. more fun begins at Waterfront Park. Stage performances, roving performers, interactive activity stations and cultural showcases offer loads of choice and excitement.

The admission fee is $5 per person or $15 for a family of four. Families who plan ahead can save by picking up their early bird passes for $10 at any Interior Savings branch.

Help make this event a reality by sharing yourself.

You can contact Kim Butt, volunteer director, at fatcatvolunteers@gmail.com. Volunteer job descriptions and application forms are available at www.fatcatfestival.ca.

Information about this festival and other ways to volunteer are available at www.kcr.ca, under the Volunteer Opportunities Search Central Okanagan button.

Dawn Wilkinson manages the Community Information and Volunteer Centre at Kelowna Community Resources. Go to kcr.ca to create your volunteer profile and to view previous Volunteer Centre columns.

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