More than 600 Lake Country students walk to raise $18, 425 for the Okanagan Rail Trail. Their contribution will be matched by George Galbraith. (photo submitted)

Rail trail garners support

Residents matching donation from George Galbraith

From Kelowna to the North Okanagan, communities are creatively responding to George Galbraith’s Okanagan Rail Trail donation matching challenge.

On April 3, Vernon’s Galbraith donated $150,000 to honour his parents and grandparents, and pledged another $150,000 to match donations. Already, nearly two-thirds of the matching pledge has been met. This leaves about $55,000 for donation-matching and several fundraising events until June 30.

“The community response has been phenomenal,” said Galbraith.

“Communities from Vernon to Kelowna have worked together and been so creative. Sales of burgers, burritos, olive oil, coffee and nuts, and services including photography, chiropractic, optometry, realtor, and yoga classes, are samples of how local businesses are helping to finish the rail trail.”

Donations can be made by credit card, paypal or debit at Donations by cheque can also be sent to the Community Foundation of North Okanagan at 304–3402 27th Ave., Vernon, B.C., V1V 1S1, or to the Central Okanagan Foundation at 225-1889 Springfield Rd., Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 5V5.

The Okanagan Rail Trail Iniative is attempting to raise $7.86 million for the corridor from Coldstream to Kelowna.

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