June 20, 2016 - 12:00 PM
VERNON - Clubs and organizations in Vernon are getting behind fundraising for the Okanagan Rail Trail.
“The interest is phenomenal. Groups want to know how they can help to raise funds to build a safe, scenic trail that will be the pride of our communities," Trail ambassador Duane Thomson says.
The Silver Star Rotary Club in Vernon jumped on board quickly to support Okanagan Rail Trail fundraising efforts.
“The rail trail has so many community benefits. It is a great match for our annual Rotary ride," Rotarian Rob Irving says.
The Rotary Club will be donating proceeds of this year's Rotary Ride on July 24 to the construction of the trail. This supported ride offers optional routes of 66 kilometres, 98 km and 126 km, starting at Kin Beach and heading out on the scenic valley farm roads near Armstrong.
“There is still space for more cyclists. You can ride at your own pace, have fun, and know you are supporting a great community project, Rotarian Bob Clarke say.
Information on the Rotary Ride can be found online.
The Vernon Outdoors club is brainstorming ways to support the campaign and several members have already donated.
Long time cyclist Jenny McDonell has made a unique commitment. McDonell has pledged to donate $40 a month until the trail is funded.
“I have cycled on several rail trails in other parts of North America and the world," McDonell says. "All of those trails were paid for by other citizens for the benefit of all. It's time for us to come forward to support what will prove to be one of the most beautiful trails yet."
The Rail Trail campaign is aiming to raise $7.86 million to build the 48.5 km trail between Coldstream and Kelowna with a compact crushed aggregate surface.
Individuals and families, clubs and organizations and businesses are all encouraged to check out the campaign website to find out how they can help make the rail trail happen.
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