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New executive director of symphony plans to run every road in Kamloops to raise money

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra executive director and amateur endurance runner Daniel Mills is pledging to run every road in Kamloops to raise funds.
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August 06, 2020 - 2:02 PM

The Kamloops Symphony Orchestra's executive director is going the extra mile to raise funds for the performing arts.

Daniel Mills, an amateur endurance runner, has pledged to run every road in Kamloops street by street to raise money for the symphony in an initiative called Running The Symphony.

The performing arts industry has suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the symphony orchestra is no exception, according to a Kamloops Symphony release. Although their 2020-21 season has been reworked to operate under the new restrictions, financial challenges remain. 

As Mills is new to Kamloops, running every street is a way for him to get to know the city better. The initiative will also demonstrate the symphony belongs to everyone in Kamloops.

The first run will begin at Westsyde Secondary School, the site of the first ever Kamloops symphony rehearsal in 1976, at 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

Mills plans to run at least three times weekly, about 30 to 50 kilometres per week. 

All funds raised will ensure that the symphony can continue to deliver musical experiences through these uncertain times and keep their musicians engaged.

Donations will be eligible for a tax receipt, and the first $5,000 in donations from first-time donors will be matched by local business owner Rae Nixon. 

To donate to the Kamloops Symphony Orchastra, click here.

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