Run about fun while raising money

Judy Sentes is finding that fundraising dollars are getting tougher to get.

Judy Sentes is finding that fundraising dollars are getting tougher to get.

Even though residents have a strong philanthropic attitude, executive director of the Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society (OSNS) said there is more and more pressure on that dollar.  Sentes cites there are many good causes and money is more of a challenge to everyone including the province.

“There are more requests for you to donate to,” she said. “The pie keeps getting cut smaller and smaller.”

Sentes hopes tomorrow people can find an extra $5 for the Subaru Ironman Canada Fun Run, which hits the ground running on Lakeshore Drive. Sentes isn’t concerned about the support the event will get, since most have shown admiration towards it.

“Everybody has spoken to it most positively, they have enjoyed it,” she said. “It builds to the event (Ironman Canada) itself.”

Brendan Morgan, whose son Liam participated, said it was great for the kids because it led the week off with a lot of excitement.

“It felt like they were participating in something important,” said Morgan. “Lots of people all the way down the side. It’s very well organized. He (Liam) was ecstatic. He felt like he was one of the professional triathletes.”

Liam was nine while participating said he enjoyed the finish line because of all the people there.

“It felt really good,” he said of finishing. “Everybody was cheering.”

Jocelyn Sombrowski’s four kids have done it and loved it.

“Makes them feel like they are Ironman too,” she said, as her family comes in from Fernie. “The kids like hearing the announcer calling.”

Sentes describes the Fun Run as a wonderful event that has attracted 600 people, raising $3,000 in a day.

“What fundraiser will lend you that kind of opportunity,” she said. “It has definitely grown.”

The run is based on fitness and fun and is effective for the festival concept. Graham Fraser, owner of the Subaru Ironman Canada event, came up with the idea as he felt it would be a great event to do and felt it should support Sentes’ charity, the OSNS.

The Fun Run has grown to 600 because of the design of the race, which stays along Lakeshore Drive with no maximum on the number of participants.

“There are those doing this who are watching their time. They want to win or have a good personal time,” she said. “There are others who just want to do it for fun. The whole family can do it together. We have had people in wheelchairs. Stockwell Day came down when he was MP one year with his rollerblades.”

Sentes said she must raise $361,000 this year for the OSNS, which  is under contract to provide $1.4 million in services. The organization, however, only receives $1.1 million in funding. Coming up with that $300,000 with their various fundraising initiatives has been challenging the last few years.

Pre-registration is recommended either by calling 250-492-0295 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or going to the registration table outside the triathletes tent in Okanagan Lake Park. Registration will also be done on race day at Rotary Park on Lakeshore Drive at 5 p.m. The run begins at 6 p.m. for the Timex Ironkids one-kilometre created particularly for children under 12 years of age. The five-km run will start immediately after. Children completing the Fun Run also receive a medal of recognition.

 

 

Just Posted

Fruit farmers in the Okanagan and Creston valleys are in desperate need of cherry harvesters amid COVID-19 work shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Abigail Miller)
‘Desperate’ need for workers at Okanagan cherry farms

Fruit farmers are worried they’ll have to abandon crops due to COVID-19 work shortages

(File photo)
Penticton not holding Canada Day activities out of respect for Indigenous people

Cities across B.C. are cancelling the holiday after an increased spotlight on Canada’s dark history

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 Penticton-area men charged with Kamloops brothers’ double homicide

Brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May in Naramata

JAK's Liquor Store in Penticton will be donating 10 per cent of its sales on Saturday, June 19, to the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank. (Photo from JAKS.com)
Stock up your liquor cabinet and support the Penticton food bank

Jak’s beer and wine store is donating a portion of sales to local food banks Saturday

The illegal open fire above Naramata continues to smoke on Friday, June 18. The fire was left to burn itself out by BC Wildfire. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
Illegal open burn in Naramata will be left to smoke

BC Wildfire could not confirm whether the property owner had been fined

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Earls On Top at 211 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna. (Google Maps photo)
Downtown Kelowna’s Earls ordered closed after COVID-19 transmission

Earls on Top on Bernard Avenue will be closed from June 18 to June 27

A motorycle crash has been reported on Westside Road. (Google Maps)
UPDATE: Westside Road reopened following motorcycle crash near Vernon

AIM Roads advises drivers to expect delays due to congestion

Dereck Donald Sears. (Contributed/Crimestoppers)
Murder charge laid in relation to suspicious Kelowna death

Dereck Donald Sears is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Darren Middleton

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Most Read