A new West Kelowna residential care home is teaming up with a local Italian club to help victims of the Alberta flooding.
Lakeview Lodge, along with the Okanagan chapter of the Canadian Order of Sons of Italy, will host In the Loop for Alberta floods relief July 10 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Becky Marlatt, general manager of Lakeview Lodge, said the Alberta disaster hit home for many of the Lakeview Lodge residents.
“We have residents who have family in Alberta,” said Marlatt, adding Albertan tourists are a major benefit to our local economy.
“We’ve seen how hard hit they were and how many billions of dollars worth of damage there is.”
Although residents of Alberta have been quick to lend a hand to those who were affected by the flooding, Marlatt said it’s important for B.C. to also lend a hand to our provincial neighbour.
“At our residential care home, instead of floors we call them neighbourhoods; we take being neighbours really seriously.
“Even though they have volunteers helping, hands-on, funds are going to make a huge difference to their rebuilding.”
Marlatt said this is one of four fundraising events the Sons of Italy chapter plans to do throughout the summer for victims of the flooding.
The barbecue fundraiser will take place in the Lakeview Lodge parking lot at 2337 Butt Road in West Kelowna. Visitors are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and are invited to wear cowboy hats and other western apparel.
All donations will go to the Canadian Red Cross – Alberta floods relief fund.