Easter Seals Splash of Colour Run connects maple syrup, the beaver and volunteering

KELOWNA - Volunteering is as Canadian as maple syrup and the beaver! Before taking an oath of allegiance, new Canadians are encouraged to embrace volunteer opportunities in their communities as a way to integrate into our wonderful society. If you share compassion for disabled kids and their families and would like to contribute to improving their lives, the inaugural Easter Seals Splash of Colour Family Fun Run offers an ideal opportunity to contribute.  The 2014 event will be held in Kelowna and Vernon on Easter Weekend, Saturday April 19. An event will also take place in Victoria on the same day. Irrespective whether you're a natural Canadian, new citizen, long time resident or just spending time in the Okanagan Valley, this is one of the most vibrant volunteering experiences you're likely to encounter!

Presented by Century21 and with strong support from local Lions and Lioness Clubs, all proceeds from the Kelowna and Vernon events will stay in the Okanagan to help send local kids with disabilities to Easter Seals Camp Winfield.  "At BC Easter Seals Camps, it is our goal to provide safe, fun activities in an environment where the focus is on abilities, not disabilities. All of our camp activities are designed to build confidence, independence and peer interaction in a recreational environment," said Rick Harker, Manager Easter Seals Camp Winfield.

"The events in Kelowna and Vernon each require approximately 150 volunteers on the day," said event producer Lesley Spiegel, Principal of Synergy Events. "We would like to fill the Kelowna and Vernon  Sponsorship Coordinator position and Captains for the following spots in each city soonest: 1) Team Development, 2) Pledge and Donations, 3) Site and Start/Finish, 4) Needs, 5) Route and 6) Colour Zones." Details and online registration for these and other positions are available at: www. splashofcolour.ca.  Click on Kelowna or Vernon and then on Help Out. Click on the Volunteer Spot link and you will find all the positions available.

Spiegel added, " The colour zones offer an excellent opportunity for corporate sponsorship which will allow the organization to place signage at the zone and populate the zone with their staff. In addition to ensuring the success of such a meaningful event, volunteering is an excellent opportunity for companies to improve employee engagement."    Sign up now as a volunteer, participant or sponsor at www.splashofcolour.ca for the 2014 Easter Seals Splash of Colour Family Fun Run or contact Wan Wan at wanwan@synergyevents.ca if you have further questions.

More information about the Easter Seals Camps are available at: http://www.eastersealscamps.ca/home and on the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities at http://www.lionsbc.ca/

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