OK Fencing Club battling hunger

A local fencing club is taking a stab at raising donations.

A local fencing club is taking a stab at raising donations.

Okanagan Freestyle Fencing is teaming up with SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) to help raise donations for the Let’s Can Hunger program.

Anyone who has ever wanted to try their hand at fencing can do so Wednesday at Harwood Elementary from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45, and on Oct. 17 at Hillview Elementary from 6:30 p.m.  to 8:30.

No experience or equipment is necessary to try a free lesson, all that is required are clean indoor runners and jogging pants, everything else will be provided.

“We are asking for a minimum donation of five items per person to help towards the club’s goal of having over 100 donated items,” said Matt Clarke, with the Okanagan Freestyle Fencing Club.

Fencing is a dynamic sport which involves a lot of cardiovascular exercise.

“Participants should be ready to run, jump, lunge and sweat,” said Clarke. “You’ll get a great work out as well as get a great burn.”

The class is intended for people aged eight and up, and adults are encouraged to take part.

If anyone can’t attend those specific dates, but would like to participate in fencing, the same offer will be held throughout October and November.  For any information about fencing, please check out www.okanaganfreestylefencing.com, or contact Clarke for more details at (250)-306-9253.

SIFE is a global non-profit student run organization and SIFE in Canada is operated by Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE).

The SIFE program encourages students to address relevant economic, social and environmental issues by empowering others to improve their quality of life and standard of living. Teams do this by implementing socially responsible outreach projects that have a notable impact on a specific need and target audience in their community.

Let’s Can Hunger is a challenge created by Campbell’s to help raise awareness and food for people in need. In 2010 SIFE Okanagan was the National Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Challenge Champion. The SIFE team raised over 30,000 pounds of food through various community efforts to aid local food bank needs.

In 2011, the team once again won the national challenge with over 80,000 pounds of food.