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Big Brother Canada cast coming to Okanagan to help local girl with depression

Big Brother Season two runner-up Neda Kalantar will be one of 13 cast members visiting Peachland this weekend.
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September 01, 2015 - 1:23 PM

PEACHLAND – Cast members of TV game show Big Brother Canada will be in Peachland this weekend to help cheer up a local 15-year-old struggling with mental illness.

Thirteen cast members from all three seasons, including season two runner up Neda Kalantar, will be at Davis Cove Lakeshore Resort Sunday, Sept. 6. Manager Shelley Peach says they agreed to come stay at the resort for the weekend after hearing the story of Shelley’s daughter who suffers from depression and anxiety.

“At a really dark time watching this show meant so much to her,” Peach says. “So for them to come here is huge.”

Peach and her daughter were planning to visit the cast during a Vancouver tour stop earlier this summer but plans fell apart when the young girl was hospitalized for three weeks. They messaged the producers of the show and invited them to her resort.

“All of a sudden 13 of them are coming,” she says. “It’s really huge.”

Peach says while her daughter was in hospital several cast members even sent her private messages encouraging her and giving some much-needed support.

“It meant so much to her,” Peach says.

Big Brother is a unique game show where sixteen houseguests locked in a house together compete in various challenges to be crowned head of household. Each week one cast member is voted off, alliances are formed and relationships blossom as contestants chase the $100,000 grand prize.

It was started in Amsterdam but has been on American television since 2001. The Canadian version in its present format began airing on Global in 2010. The third season began March 23 and ended May 27 with Sarah Hanlon winning the $100,000 grand prize.

The thirteen cast members will be meeting fans and signing autographs at the Resort Sept. 6 between 2 and 4 p.m.

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