A program aimed at ensuring all West Kelowna children have access to organized sports has received a big boost this week, thanks to two fundraising events.
West Kelowna KidSport received a record $5,486 thanks to $2,800 raised during the annual hockey swap, held Sunday, Aug. 25, and a $2,686 donation from the West Kelowna Warriors.
The hockey swap, held at Ultimate Hockey and Skate in Westbank Centre, provided parents and players the opportunity to sell used equipment, in good condition, with partial proceeds from each sale given to the local chapter of KidSport.
In 2012, the hockey swap and barbecue generated $2,944 for KidSport; a total of $1,700 was collected at the swap in 2011.
KidSport provides support to children and youth under 18 who face financial barriers that prevent them from playing an organized sport.
West Kelowna KidSport helps cover the cost of registration fees for one eligible sport per calendar year.
For more information about the program, go to districtofwestkelowna.ca.