Walking on the wild side for good

About 100 people took part in the annual BC Kidney Walk Sunday morning which began at Gyro Park.

  • Sep. 25, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Penticton residents joined others from across the country to spread the word and raise money for the ongoing work of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Under clearing skies at Gyro Park Sunday morning about 100 people began the 2.5 kilometre BC Kidney Walk for kidney transplantation and organ donation walk along Lakeshore Drive.

Mayor Andrew Jakubeit and MLA Dan Ashton cut the ceremonial ribbon to start the proceedings.

Special honourees this year were father and son Jeff and Tim Treadway who were also members of Team Fryzz, the name of the Jeff’s food truck.

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Jeff donated a kidney to Tim in April of this year after Tim’s kidneys all but ceased functioning in September 2015.

“Just from the people here I’m feeling the love and the generosity and their concerns and wanting to share and I really enjoyed that, it was marvellous,” said Jeff afterwards. “And just to be here with my family, my loved ones this has just made it so worthwhile that it’s hard to express.”

As well as the thousands of dollars raised by Team Fryzz, Jeffers Fryzz truck was also at Gyro Park and raised several hundred dollars by giving away fries for a donation.

The final overall tabulations for the day and still being made and will be published once they become available.