Bill McConnell (left) and Ed Cale (right) of the Knights of Pythias were pleased to present OSNS executive director, Manisha Willms (centre) with a cheque for $500 Aug., 14, 2020. (Contributed).

OSNS receives $500 donation from the Knights of Pythias

Child health care centre has faced financial hardship amid COVID-19

The Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society (OSNS) Child and Youth Development Centre received a $500 donation from The Knights of Pythias on Friday, Aug. 14.

The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization actively involved in community service with fundraising for charities and community good-will programs and projects. The organization’s main source of fundraising is through newspaper recycling.

This is not the first time the group has supported the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre. Following the principles of friendship, charity and benevolence, the service work of the Knights of Pythias was originally responsible for building the pediatric gym at the OSNS in 1995.

The donation is likely welcome news for the OSNS. The organization previously stated that they were in financial peril due to COVID-19.

The donation will be used to support the OSNS in purchasing treatment equipment, said OSNS executive assistant Janet Glowa.

“Their (The Knights of Pythias) sustained dedication to the children and families of the South Okanagan is both inspiring and appreciated,” Glowa said.

READ MORE: Penticton’s OSNS facing financial crisis amid COVID-19

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