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Spinning Spirits for Vibrant Kids

Energetic enthusiasm was generated by volunteers at a spin class fundraiser in Kelowna on Friday, May 10.

Kelowna’s Foundation team is now in its 4th year of involvement in the YMCA’s Cycle for Strong Kids campaign, and each year volunteer participation has grown. This year, Ian Roth – an Urban Systems transportation engineer who leads a weekly spin class at the downtown YMCA located barely a block from the office – volunteered to lead a group of 11 of our volunteers through a lunchtime spin cycling class that doubled as a fundraiser.

The team received some fun and difficult cycling challenges as donations were made to the YMCA’s Cycle for Strong Kids campaign. Watch the video.

All of the funds raised provide financial assistance for families and children in need in the Okanagan to access programs and services such as swimming lessons, child care, day camps, recreation and employment programs.

“The way we see it, no child should be denied the opportunity of connecting with other kids in the community or learning life skills just because of a lack of financial capacity,” says Ian.

The Foundation team began fundraising for this cause with a Cinco de Mayo-themed event on May 3. Tammy Kuffner, an intergovernmental project specialist at Urban Systems’ Kelowna branch, prepared her famous margaritas, while her husband made pulled pork nachos. Both were a huge hit with the crowd.

Volunteers will also be participating at the main Cycle for Strong Kids event on Sunday, May 26 at the H2O Aquatic and Fitness Centre. If you’d like to sponsor our team, please donate via the Urban Spinners team page.

Left to right: Jade Arignon, Natasha Elliott, Alexandre Wood-Seems, Aya Costa, Janine Taylor, Shawn Badasha, Jasmine Smith, Tyler Watson, Kayley Exton, Tim Purcer. (Missing from photo: Brittney Bourdages.)

A huge thanks to everyone who has actively participated and donated to this initiative so far. Ian would also like to give a special shout out to an Urban Systems planner who is also Kelowna’s Foundation core connector. She tirelessly helps with so many initiatives, up front and centre, but often behind the scenes, too.

“A big thank you to Brittany Tuttle for helping to organize the Cinco de Mayo event and for organizing our overall Urban Spinners team for the May 26th YMCA Cycle for Strong Kids!”

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