Greater Vernon’s generosity is giving local kids a sporting chance.
More than $2,500 was raised through KidSport’s second annual Jersey Day Friday, where a number of businesses and individuals made a donation to sport their favourite team jersey for the day.
The number of participants and donations increased substantially (raising more than triple the amount of the inaugural year), proving that the community is dedicated to ensuring all kids can play.
All funds raised in the community remain local, enabling more than 275 kids from Vernon, Lumby, Cherryville, Armstrong, Enderby and Grindrod to be able to take part in sports. More than $40,000 annually goes towards putting kids in three minor hockey associations, ringette, lacrosse, three skating organizations, OTR programs, swimming, gymnastics, dance and basketball programs, to name a few.
Through Jersey Day, the community was able to support local kids, and sport their favourite team.
“Canucks was the most popular,” said Ann Holmes with Greater Vernon KidSport. “We also had car racing ones, and international soccer ones, basketball, rugby, local fastball and local baseball teams.”
KidSport’s Doug Ross even sported a Boston Bruins jersey thanks to a donation from Clint Kanester.
“He is a down and out Montreal Canadiens fan,” said Holmes.
The two top fundraising businesses were Vernon Hyundai and Watkin Motors Ford, each donating more than $600. Staff at the VantageOne Okanagan Landing branch and Andrew Sherett also each donated more than $300.
Anyone who would like to support the cause can still drop donations off at VantageOne in the Landing Plaza. For a charitable tax receipt email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can view some of KidSport’s Jersey Day participants on the Vernon Morning Star Facebook page.