Try fencing and help the Vernon Food Bank

North Okanagan residents can try fencing with donation to food bank, thanks to Okanagan Freestyle Fencing Club Students in Free Enterprise

Richard Casperson and Alex Jelinek

Richard Casperson and Alex Jelinek

Area residents have a chance to try the elegant and aristocratic sport of fencing and it’s all to help the food bank.

The Okanagan Freestyle Fencing Club and SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) are teaming up again to offer a two-hour introductory fencing lesson in exchange for a minimum donation of five non-perishable food items per person in an effort to surpass last year’s total of 175 items.

The lesson will include a warm-up game, basic foot work, some blade skills and 30 minutes of open fencing. No equipment or experience is required but participants should wear athletic wear and clean indoor runners.

The lessons will be held Feb. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hillview elementary and Feb. 29 from 5:45  p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at Harwood elementary. People who cannot make those dates can have a lesson in exchange for food items throughout March. For more information contact Matt Clarke, head coach, at

SIFE is a global, non-profit, student-run organization which encourages students to address relevant economic, social and environmental issues by empowering others to improve their quality of life and standard of living. The teams of post-secondary students implement socially responsible outreach projects within their communities. SIFE operates in more than 40 countries with the involvement of 1,500 college and university campuses and more than 42,000 students.