June 18, 2014 - 5:01 PM
KELOWNA – Batten down the hatches and hoist the mainsail, the 8th annual Boat for Hope pirate adventure is just over the horizon.
Sponsored by several local charities, Boat for Hope is a day of fun and adventure for kids with special needs. Volunteer captains dressed like pirates will decorate their boats and take 200 kids around Okanagan Lake in a quest for pirate treasure.
Along the way, the kids will use water guns to repel roving marauder boats as they make their way to Kerry Park for a Treasure Island carnival.
The event will weigh anchor Saturday morning, and is sponsored by Variety – The Children’s Charity, the Kelowna Yacht Club and the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.
Variety spokesperson Barb Coates says although this event is normally only for kids in the Variety and Boys and Girls programs, this year the carnival will be open to the public.
“Being at Kerry Park for the first time this year, the land carnival will be an open event,” she says. “The public is more than welcome.”
Gloria Lozinski and her husband Rodney have been involved in Boat for Hope for the past four years.
“We just love it,” Gloria says. “We’ve seen the good work that Variety does and we wanted to help give these families an unforgettable experience, something that they would not normally get a chance to do.”
Proceeds from the Boat for Hope will go to Variety and the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. Participation in the event is by donation for non-registered families.
Skippers or other volunteers interested in participating in the event can email Carlene Field at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the first time ever, members of the public are invited to portions of the Variety Boat for Hope event at Kerry Park Saturday.
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