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Kamloops's Camp Out to End Youth Homelessness raises more than $100K

Peer Navigator at A Way Home Kamloops Kira Cheeseborough (left), with founder Katherine McParland before her death Dec. 4, 2020.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Kira Cheeseborough
December 14, 2020 - 11:23 AM

An annual Kamloops fundraiser for homeless youth raised more than $100,000 this past weekend.

A Way Home Kamloops hosted their annual Camp Out to End Youth Homelessness, Dec. 11 and 12, far surpassing the $50,000 goal, according to a Facebook post.

A Way Home's executive Katherine McParland died unexpectedly, Dec. 4, but the board made the decision to go ahead with the event as scheduled.

"Katherine was a woman of action, and she would want us to continue her work," board chair Louise Richards said last week.

READ MORE: Virtual memorial being held to honour A Way Home Kamloops founder

Community members spent a night outside in a cardboard box in honour of youth without a home. Campers were encouraged to raise pledges and donations for A Way Home's programs that support homeless youth.

This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, campers attended virtually from home and connected over Zoom.

Although the event is over, you can still donate online here.

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