Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran greets Gladys Elson of Canadian Blood Services outside Kelowna City Hall during an event to proclaim Giving Tuesday in the city. —Image: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Giving Tuesday proclaimed in Kelowna

City’s mayor urges people to ‘go out and share’

After the shopping extravaganza that was Black Friday, and its internet shopping counterpart Cyber Monday, Kelowna’s mayor is urging the public to turn its attention in the opposite direction and think about giving.

“Go out and share,” said Colin Basran after reading a proclamation outside Kelowna City Hall designating Tuesday as Giving Tuesday.

Joined by representatives of several local community organizations, Basran and others said giving can take many forms.

“Our message today is that you can give back in many ways—to others and to the community, through donations of your time, your talent or your dollars,” said Marianne Dahl, marketing and events manager with Central Okanagan United Way.

Patti Kilvack of Canadian Blood Services in the Kelowna said Giving Tuesday was a perfect day to remind people of their ability to give blood, something in desperate need at this time of the year, especially immediately after Christmas and New Year’s on Dec. 26 and Jan. 1.

Black Friday has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year across North America and Giving Tuesday was started as a way to promote giving, as opposed to getting. It is celebrated on the Tuesday after Black Friday each November.

Locally, a new organization Giving Tuesday Kelowna has sprung up to promote the goals of the day.

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