YMCA Okanagan Cycle for Strong Kids Event

Twelve years and running strong, the YMCA Cycle for Strong Kids is one of Kelowna’s most popular team building events, and the YMCA of Okanagan’s largest fundraiser of the year. The event, which promises to raise both funds and heart rates with a series of 45-minute stationary cycle classes, will take place on Sunday, May 27, 2018, under a big tent outside the H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre.

Registration is now open for individuals and teams to take part in a heart pumping cycle class that will truly make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The event also includes a silent auction, music, prizes, refreshments, community business stations and more.

“The importance of this event cannot be overestimated as 100 per cent of all funds raised directly support local children and families who need it most,” says Rhonda Zakala, General Manager of Fund Development at the YMCA Okanagan. “Currently one in four children attending YMCA Child Care are in need of donor funding and one in five families requires financial assistance to access YMCA health, fitness and aquatics programs.

In the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card at least one in five children were reported living in poverty stretching from Downtown Kelowna to Rutland. West Kelowna had the highest child poverty rate of 35.3 per cent.

“It is critical that we assist underprivileged families and prevent children living in poverty from falling through the cracks,” explains Zakala. “The generosity of local residents and businesses who support Cycle for Strong Kids make it possible for the Y to offer life-changing programs that address our communities most pressing issues — including inactivity, isolation and poverty — while helping our future generation access the resources they need to succeed and thrive.”

In 2017, YMCA Cycle for Strong Kids attracted nearly 300 participants and raised over $80,000. This year’s goal is to raise over $100,000 as the urgent needs in our community also continue to grow.

Registration is easy. Simply visit ymcaokanagan.ca/cycle to register online, pick your time slot and start fundraising.

YMCA Cycle for Strong Kids is presented by sponsors Fresh Air and Delcourt Advisory Group at Scotia Wealth Management.