Kapak going for gold

Boston Pizza hosts fundraiser Thursday to help send Vernon's Connie Kapak to national speed skating championships

A local girl’s quest for gold is gaining community momentum.

Vernon’s own Connie Kapak has already proved she is an award-winning athlete – coming off two solid gold weeks at the B.C. Speed Skating Championships in Kamloops last week and the B.C. Winter Games in Greater Vernon, where she also set a new 400 metre record.

Now the Grade 7 Harwood Elementary student is en route to the Canada West Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Winnipeg March 24 to 25.

But she needs a little help getting there.

Boston Pizza is serving up an opportunity to help Kapak go for gold, by donating 10 per cent of all sales on Thursday.

“She’s going to be an Olympian one year, and we know that, we’re just trying to help her get there,” said Akbal Mund, who along with Jim McEwan of the Greater Vernon B.C. Winter Games committee decided to organize the fundraiser.

Mund and McEwan initiated the fundraiser after learning that Kapak’s father, Pete (a single dad), spends upwards of $15,000 to $20,000 a year getting his daughter to meets.

“The next couple of years, we’d like to do a fundraiser once a year to help her out. We got involved because we know it’s a good cause,” said Mund.

The community is encouraged to help this local speed skating champion by coming in for lunch or dinner at Boston Pizza Thursday.

Connie will also be working at the restaurant that day from noon until 7 p.m., and will be accepting donations to help fund her expenses.