Participants in this year’s Ogopogo Bathtub Race had to brave wind, waves and smoke to make it to the finish line. FIle photo

Participants in this year’s Ogopogo Bathtub Race had to brave wind, waves and smoke to make it to the finish line. FIle photo

Ogopogo Bathtub race raises more than $27,000

Fundraiser event supports Penticton Regional Hospital expansion

The wind was blowing, the waves were high and smoke from forest fires filled the air on Aug. 18.

But despite less than ideal conditions, the Ogopogo Bathtub race still managed to raise $27,045 for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, bringing their total to date to $102,000.

Related: Ogopogo Bathtub Race finishes despite worsening weather

Started by the Summerland Yacht Club in 2015, the Bathtub Race has nearly doubled their original goal of raising $60,000 for the medical foundation’s campaign to provide equipment for the $312 million Penticton Regional Hospital expansion David Kampe Tower.

The race will be back next year, organizers say, with an anticipated date of Aug. 17.


Steve Kidd
Senior reporter, Penticton Western News
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