Kindale Developmental Association client Gordon Dew (from left)

Kindale Developmental Association client Gordon Dew (from left)

Market finds natural fit with Kindale support

Nature’s Fare Markets helped Kindale put the fun into fundraising at the recent Downtown Vernon Association Block Party

Nature’s Fare Markets helped Kindale put the fun into fundraising at the recent Downtown Vernon Association Block Party.

Cheering could be heard throughout the afternoon by the Kindale volunteers, who were manning the charity barbecue, and joyful sounds from the children enjoying the bouncy castle, which was supervised by Kindale.

The party didn’t end there as Kindale’s efforts raised more than $800 in proceeds from the event.

“You might ask why we chose Kindale to support as a charity. We have noticed over the years, the effort that has gone into fundraising with various charitable groups and the attention that some groups get over others,” said Laurie Rodger, Vernon Nature’s Fare store manager.

“Kindale doesn’t have a deadly disease to fight but it does have a huge need for money, just like every other charity. They have worked hard within the community to raise awareness of the challenges and needs of people with developmental disabilities. The people at Kindale are there to assist those with challenges in life and aid in their development by teaching basic life skills.”

For Rodger, it’s also a cause close to his heart.

“Having a niece with challenges of her own, I have come to realize how important it is to have groups like this in our community.”

Cindy Masters, Kindale development officer, appreciates the partnership with Nature’s Fare.

“Together we do make a difference in the lives of people that live and work in our community and we are proud to say that 100 per cent of these proceeds will be used for our pre-employment training, life skills training, community inclusion, recreational opportunities, and housing options for more than 300 individuals with developmental disabilities.”

For more information or to donate to Kindale, visit www.kindale.net.