Okanagan Valley, BC (July 19th, 2023) On Saturday, July 8th, Kristin Postill, Brittney Page and 14 others paddle boarded the length of Kalamalka Lake (18km) in support of The North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society raising just over $25,000 for the charity in just a few weeks.
“Stand Up For” is an annual local fundraising effort by Brittney Page and Kristin Postill where they paddleboard the length of Kalamalka Lake in support of a chosen charity. This year they paddled for NOYFSS who has been serving the North Okanagan for over 49 years. NOYFSS offers a broad range of social programs reflecting the dynamic needs of the community, specifically for the healthy development of children, youth and families in the North Okanagan. Funds raised will provide free educational groups and counseling services for youth in high risk situations, including those living on their own or facing homelessness.
According to Vicki Proulx, Fund Development and Communications Coordinator at NOYFSS the duo has exceeded all expectations for this campaign and raised invaluable funds that will go directly to service the community. “We are so grateful to Kristin and Brittney for choosing to Stand up for NOYFSS.” said Proulx. “Supporting vulnerable youth is essential to creating healthier and safer communities. The support shown for the work NOYFSS is doing through this fundraising campaign has been truly overwhelming.”
This is the 6th Annual Stand Up For fundraising paddle Page and Postill have led. So far they have raised over $150,000 for the local community with The Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative, KidSport Okanagan, The People Place, Archway Society and Starfish Pack in Vernon being their past recipients.
“We are so grateful to be able to do our paddle fundraiser year after year and see the continued support from our community,” said Postill. “Without these organizations our community would lack the social support it needs and without generous donors they would cease to exist. We’re hoping we can continue doing our paddle and helping to support these wonderful organizations for years to come.”
“This money is invaluable to supporting a number of programs NOYFSS has to offer and will allow them to continue to provide our community the resources it needs,” says Page. “We couldn’t be more honored to have raised this money to help them and are so appreciative for the community’s support including many local businesses who stepped up with corporate matches this year.”
Event organizers would like to thank the following businesses and donors for offering both donations and matching grant incentives to make Stand Up For NOYFSS such a tremendous success: R.E. Postill & Sons, Nixon Earthworks, SC Carts, Toro’s Liquor Store, JC Bradley Jewelers, Maxton Industries, Big Sun Beachwear and Rancho Vignola for providing nuts as paddle fuel.