Vernon’s Stacy Roy plans to paddle Kalamalka Lake from Oyama to Kal Beach May 15 (weather permitting) to raise funds for four families affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Vernon’s Stacy Roy plans to paddle Kalamalka Lake from Oyama to Kal Beach May 15 (weather permitting) to raise funds for four families affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Kal paddle aids Japanese families

Local collecting pledges to cross Kalamalka Lake by kayak

  • May. 8, 2011 4:00 p.m.

A Vernon woman is paddling the length of Kalamalka Lake to raise relief funds for four families in need in Japan.

Stacy Roy’s friend of 16 years, Takayo Shimizu, lives not far from the earthquake/tsunami  area and has seen the devastation firsthand.

“I feel there is much we can do here to help out in our best way possible. Having a dear friend who was so entirely affected by the tragedy in Japan has hit very close to my heart and I felt compelled to act,” said Roy, a former kayak guide from the West Coast.

She is calling her fundraiser Kayak-Across-The-Lake although she will be going the length of the lake, 42 kilometres, which will take about nine hours. Her sponsor is Innerspace Watersports.

“If I can send money back from pledges and donations from kayaking around Kalamalka Lake, I will do so in strength and honour. I hope I can generate interest and passion just to donate anything the help these families. It means a great deal to me to do it this way. I hope we raise enough to make a small difference for the families that have lost so much.”

Roy will begin her trip May 15 (weather permitting from Oyama and finish at Kal Beach.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Roy at 250-275-7568 or 250-307-5118, email stacyleighann@yahoo.com.