(The Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band presents a cheque to Perry Wainwright of North Okanagan Santa’s Anonymous, 2018. (Submitted photo)

Kalamalka pipers join pub crawl for Christmas fundraiser

The Kalamalka Highlanders will go from pub-to-pub to raise funds for Santa’s Anonymous

The Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band will be making themselves heard during a pub crawl with North Okanagan Santa’s Anonymous next weekend.

It’s the third year in a row the two groups have come together to raise money so that underprivileged children in Vernon can have a toy and a book for Christmas.

“It’s one of our most successful fundraisers besides the toy run that we have annually,” said Perry Wainwright of Santa’s Anonymous. “It’s a good time had by all.”

Last year, the pipers helped raise more than $2,400 for Santa’s Anonymous Society, a volunteer-run organization that aims to help underprivileged children aged zero to 12 in the Greater Vernon area.

Highlanders Pipe Corporal Dave Gerhardt said the bagpipes are a great way to get people’s attention.

“People are usually pretty surprised when we walk in the door making a lot of noise,” he said with a chuckle.

On Friday, Dec. 6, the pipers and volunteers will start at Army and Navy Air Force Veterans and will hit the road around 5 p.m. They’ll be stopping in at Rosters, Boston Pizza, Kelly O’ Bryan’s, Alexander’s Pub, Sir Winston’s, Marten Brew Pub, Kal Sports Bar, Don Cherry’s Sports Grill, the Longhorn Pub, Squires Four Pub and the Royal Canadian Legion.

Santa’s Anonymous is now open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Families in need of assistance can call 250-542-4448 to book an appointment and be sure to bring their B.C. Services card with them.

READ MORE: Armstrong lights up for Christmas

READ MORE: New Vernon Christmas market employs marginalized population


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Christmas

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Virtual physio connects patients with Vernon practitioners

Many local physiotherapists are ready to assist, online

Burning permits doused in pair of North Okanagan electoral areas

Regional District of North Okanagan Areas B and C cancel permits to combat COVID-19 virus

Vernon, Kelowna denturists hit hard amid COVID-19

Okanagan denture clinics wonders if they’ll ever be able sustain the sting of pandemic

No need to press the walk button at Vernon crosswalks

City automating intersections in response to COVID-19

Falkland woman sews masks amid pandemic

Masks offer sense of safety and people need that now, says Becca Hoffmann

B.C. records first at-home death from COVID-19, but 70+ hospital patients have recovered

Total of 970 novel coronavirus cases in B.C., with the majority in the Lower Mainland area

BC Ferries able to restrict travel for sick passengers

Ferries working on schedule shifts to keep workers safe

Canada expands 75% wage subsidy to COVID-19 affected businesses of all sizes: Trudeau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

Pay parking suspended at B.C. hospitals due to COVID-19

Temporary free parking reduces need for keypads, contact

Helping those at risk, one piece of paper at a time through ‘isolation communication’

Simple paper tool during pandemic making its way across Canada thanks to social media.

‘Back to school, in a virtual way’ for B.C. students in COVID-19 pandemic

Province adds online resources to help parents at home

COLUMN: Plenty of online reading options

Libraries are closed due to COVID-19 but downloads are available through Okanagan Regional Library

Canadian COVID-19 round-up: Air Canada cuts 15,000 jobs, 90% of flights

Comprehensive Canadian news update as of 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 30.

Most Read