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Former Vernon residents host paddleboarding fundraiser to support those in need during COVID-19

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July 21, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Two longtime friends are paddleboarding around Kalamalka Lake to support a local charity.

Stand Up For is a Vernon fundraising effort by Brittney Page and Kristin Postill where they stand up paddleboard the length of Kalamalka Lake, 16 kilometres, in support of a chosen charity.

This year, in the wake of the global pandemic, they’re paddling for The People Place, a non-profit which supports local charities by offering subsidized rent and shared amenities, according to a Stand Up For news release.

READ MORE: Former Vernon residents fundraise with Kal Lake paddle

This is the third Stand Up For fundraising event and will be held Saturday, Aug. 8.

In 2017 they first paddled the lake in support of The Okanagan Rail Trail, raising more than $19,000. Last year they raised more than $6,000 for KidSport Okanagan Chapters.

“We are sensitive about fundraising during the pandemic but the truth is those who have been hit the hardest need charitable support now more than ever,” Postill said in the release. “We’ve both been extremely fortunate to have not lost our jobs and it’s important for people like us, who find ourselves in incredibly fortunate circumstances during this time, to stand up for those who have not.”

This year, Postill and Page have set a goal of $25,000 and will be welcoming paddlers on their journey around the lake. They will be following COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and will have a sanitization station at the midway point at Kekuli Bay.

“We both feel very lucky to have been able to grow up in the Okanagan and feel it’s important to give back when we can,” Page said in the release. “We’ve been really energized about the support we’ve received from local business and the community in the past. It’s our intention to get as many paddlers on the lake as possible to support the effort and hopefully bring new awareness to this incredible organization.”

Donate online here to support the paddlers, and if you want to join in the paddling, send Postill an email at kristinpostill@gmail.com.


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