Kelowna man to take an icy dip for Syrian refugees

In an attempt to do his part to raise funds for Syrian refugees a Kelowna man will plunge into the icy waters of Okanagan Lake on Saturday.

In an attempt to do his part to raise funds for Syrian refugees, a Kelowna man will plunge into the icy waters of Okanagan Lake on Saturday.

Alan Monk was convinced to take a Saturday dip by his brother Carl, and he won’t be alone.

Carl has also convinced 80 others to make the leap, from wherever they call home across this country.

“I got off pretty easy, being here,” Monk said.

“Some of them will have to carve a hole in the ice to do this.”

Their collective aim is to create a ripple effect that will raise funds for Syrian refugees settling in Canada and also send a message as loudly and as clearly as possible.

“We have to let refugees know that we care. It’s critical that they know that people from the Okanagan, from B.C. and Canada, care,” Monk said. “We can’t just ignore these people.”

Monk said he knows that people are hesitant to accept the influx of refugees, due to concerns about security, but thinks their concerns are largely misplaced.

“I think if they looked into it they would realize that there’s not a security concern at all,” he said.

Supporters of Monk’s swim can meet at The Apple at Gyro Beach in Kelowna at 10 a.m. Saturday.

How to donate: Cheques can be made payable to “First United” and 100 per cent of the funds will go to the Central Okanagan Refugee Society.

Email Monk at and he will give an address to send the cheques to.

Or bring down cash or cheques to the event and he will record your name and address and make sure the funds get to CORC. Tax receipts will be given to all donations of $20 or more.

How to be a fundraiser: You can register your efforts with him by emailing Then he urges you get pledges and take the plunge.

Warning: There are no warm places or change rooms open. Have a warm car waiting for you after your swim. There will be no speeches.


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