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Kelowna second most generous city in Canada, says GoFundMe

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Kelowna is the second most generous city in Canada, according to fundraising platform GoFundMe.

GoFundMe released its annual Year in Giving Report, highlighting the way its global community comes together to support those in need.

“Kelowna has moved up in the ranking from last year to the second most generous city in Canada with more donations per capita than most other cities in Canada,” reads a GoFundMe press release. “Kelowna continues to prove its generosity with everything from Everesting Knox Mountain to supporting migrant workers. It ranked number two among these other top five cities.”

The top Kelowna fundraiser saw $129,000 raised after the Father's Day drowning of Kashif Sheikh. He celebrated Father’s Day with a trip to Kelowna and rescued his daughter from drowning only to drown himself. The community rallied to help with funeral expenses and an education fund for his children.

READ MORE: Father of four who drowned in Kelowna creek remembered as hero

Rounding out Canada’s Top 5 Most Generous Cities, Victoria is at the top of the list, Kingston, Ont. is third, Saskatoon, Sask. is fourth and Calgary, Alta. is fifth.

“Of course, Kelowna donors aren’t alone. Since launching in Canada in 2010, over half a billion dollars has been raised on GoFundMe and one in seven Canadians give generously on the platform," reads the release.

Canada’s most prolific donor gave 201 times to 163 different fundraisers, while Canadians donated more than 30,000 times on June 2, making it the most generous day not only of 2020, but of all time.

Microgiving is what GoFundMe staff say it is all about – this year, 70 per cent of all donations were under $50.

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