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COVID crushes Vernon spelling bee buzz, teams needed for new fundraiser

Trivia night Sept. 22 can support local literacy

Another event cancelled by COVID-19 has left a local organization scrambling to fill fundraising needs.

The North Okanagan Literacy Society’s annual Spelling Bee is postponed indefinitely, since the April event was stalled due to the pandemic.

“We don’t see a way to do this safely for some time yet, but you can still support literacy this year,” executive director Wendy Aasen said.

A virtual trivia night takes place Sept. 22, hosted by Decoda Literacy Solutions. Teams of six can participate by donation which will be supported through the Raise a Reader campaign.

“Maybe some of the Spelling Bee teams would like to take part in the trivia event instead,” said Aasen.

Those taking part locally are reminded to select the Vernon option, so the support stays local.

The provincewide event is aimed at having fun and supporting literacy initiatives throughout B.C.

For those who aren’t too trivia savvy, but want to continue to support local literacy needs, donations can be made which will be supported until Oct. 1.

Donate at or by cheque or etransfer. Just indicate Raise a Reader in the message.

“Those who have already paid to participate in the Spelling Bee we will be in touch about options,” Aasen said. “You can choose to leave it as a donation, which will be included in the campaign above and will be matched.”

Alternatively, arrangements will be made for a refund.

Stay tuned to the Morning Star for more information on what the Literacy Society is doing to assist needs amid COVID-19.

“We are happy to report that our staff is back and we are ready to assist the community again with their literacy needs, but we need your help,” said Aasen.

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