Kal Tire community garage sale will be held next Sunday

If you’re still in fall clean-up mode, Kevin McCarty, corporate social responsibility co-ordinator at Kal Tire, says you’re in luck.

Erin Christie

Morning Star Staff

If you’re still in fall clean-up mode, Kevin McCarty, corporate social responsibility co-ordinator at Kal Tire, says you’re in luck.

Kal Tire is offering Vernon residents an opportunity to get rid of some of their unwanted items while supporting several local charities at their upcoming Charity Garage Sale next weekend.

The event, now in its second year, will be held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Kal Tire’s corporate office on Kalamalka Lake Road on Sunday, October 22.

There is no fee to attend the event, and no fee for charities and non-profit organizations to participate, but McCarty said there will be a”small” fee of $20 for business and individual vendors. The proceeds from those fees will be added to the coffer and distributed among the recipient charities.

These charities currently include; the Canadian Mental Health Association, Diabetes Canada, Family Resource Centre, the Kal Tire Christmas Fundraising Society, Pawprints Animal Rescue Foundation, Vernon Women’s Transition House Society, Spirit’s Mission Rescue Society and the Vernon Lion’s Club.

McCarty said last year’s recipient organization, the Okanagan Rail Trail will also be participating this year, and are asking anyone who doesn’t wish to rent a stall, but would like to donate gently used goods to be sold by rail trail volunteers, to do so by contacting McCarty.

McCarty said the decision to open the sale up to all local charities this year was born out of the company’s desire to contribute to the community at large.

The sale itself, he noted, is held in conjunction with National Waste Reduction Week —an initiative organized by a coalition of non-government, not-for-profit environment groups, that aims to inform and engage Canadians about the environmental and social ramifications of wasteful practices. It strives to educate, engage and empower Canadians to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste.

In recognition of NWRW McCarty said the Kal Tire Sustainability Team, which organizes the fundraiser, will be running information booths and demonstrations, along with Spa Hills Compost, who will be demonstrating some of their programs and services.

McCarty said the day will also include live music, provided by Marv Machura and Mat Duffus. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase from the Vernon Lions Club, with proceeds going to support their organization and its community programs.

The Kal Tire Community Garage Sale takes place Sunday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Kal Tire, 1540 Kalamalka Lake Rd. Stall rentals are $20 each for businesses and individuals. Anyone interested in renting a stall must do so by Thursday, October 19.

Vendors keep their proceeds, and all stall proceeds will go to local charities. For more information or to book your stall, contact McCarty at CSR@kaltire.com or call 250-558-3200, ext. 528.

erin.christie@vernonmorningstar.com

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