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Hundreds of local vulnerable children will be able to access healthy Y programs all because an incredible $60,000 and counting was raised at this years virtual YMCA Cycle for Strong Kids ‘Your Way’ event. Over 75 participants from the community, business teams and YMCA staff ran, hiked and biked on Sunday, May 30th in support of the Y’s Strong Kids Campaign. 

“We are blown away by the generosity of our supporters,” exclaims Wendy Wright, YMCA Fund Development Officer. “Charities rely heavily on donations raised at community events and due to the cancellation of all gatherings over the last 14 months, organizations like the Y had to reimagine how to safely hold vital fundraisers. Thanks to Cycle participants and donors we can make a huge impact for low-income kids, giving them access to our Y summer camps, after school and youth leadership programs, swim lessons, health memberships and so many other life-changing programs many families simply can’t afford on their own.” 

Cycle participants were creative with their virtual fundraising activities - ranging from family hikes; rail trail bike rides; FULL marathon runs; outdoor Zumba sessions; and bike rides between the H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre, the Downtown Y and the Kelowna Family Y.

With 1 in 5 children in the Central Okanagan living in poverty, many families are unable to enroll their kids in everyday activities most take for granted. Having equal access to character and strength building programs at the YMCA is critical to bridge the poverty gap these children have no control over. 

Many generous donors and sponsors contributed to Cycle’s success, including presenting sponsors Fresh Air and Delcourt Advisory Group at Scotia Wealth Management, along with Urban Systems Foundation and Argus Properties Ltd. 

For more information on the YMCA’s largest annual fundraiser and to get involved in next year’s Cycle for Strong Kids, contact Wendy Wright.

To learn more about supporting a stronger local community of children through the YMCA of Okanagan, visit ymcaokanagan.ca/Opportunities-to-Give