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Penticton BMX fundraiser to replace stolen items

Penticton BMX Club’s Jeff Babuin (9) has a short lead on Paige Haamers, middle, and Josh Holland (36) in the 41 and over expert class during racing at the Penticton BMX Club on July 4. - Emanuel Sequeira/Western News
Penticton BMX Club’s Jeff Babuin (9) has a short lead on Paige Haamers, middle, and Josh Holland (36) in the 41 and over expert class during racing at the Penticton BMX Club on July 4.
— image credit: Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

The Penticton BMX Club is hosting a fundraiser at the Best Damn Sports Bar to help replace items that were stolen from their shed.

In the spring a break-in to their moto shed saw many important items needed for races stolen, including a laptop, loaner bikes and helmets, starter gates, their PA system and other items.

“It’s definitely impacted the season for us. We have small numbers in the club this year and it is all volunteer run so it has put a kink in our season,” said board member Alyson Jones.

The fundraiser on July 24 aims to raise money for the non-profit organization to make improvements to the club and replace some of the stolen equipment.

Funds will also be used to for some much needed maintenance on the track, which is also used by the public, and requires regular fixing of the berms.

“We have had some donations from people and businesses which has been fantastic but there are still some items to replace. We have a lot of kids that come out and try BMX for the first time and they might not have a bike or helmet or they can’t afford it so we would lend our bikes to them. All of those were stolen,” said Jones.

Currently the club is looking for donations, large and small, to contribute to raffle baskets for the fundraiser and silent auction items. Any businesses that want to contribute can contact Natalie Preston at 250-488-7620.

Tickets to the fundraiser at the Best Damn Sports Bar on Wednesday at 6 p.m. are $20 and include a burger and a beer. Raffle baskets, 50-50 draw and spins on the prize wheel will take place.

Live entertainment will be provided by Matt Dufus.

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