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Beyond strong, Okanagan YMCA breaks fundraiser record

The 2024 YMCA Cycle for Strong Kids fundraiser was a smash success

It’s a record breaking year for the YMCA Cycle for Strong Kids fundraiser.

The event, held on June 2, raised more than $212,000. 

“We are completely astounded by just how much our community stepped up to support Cycle for Strong Kids,” said Tammie Watson, VP of philanthropy at the YMCA of Southern Interior BC. 

She noted the impact will be felt around the community.

“As we work to ensure low-income children and at-risk youth have the tools, resources and support networks to grow up healthy, resilient and strong.”

Sponsor Tom Budd of The Payton and Dillon Budd Memorial Fund, was also impressed by this year’s efforts.

“As a dedicated advocate for mental health, I am proud to support this event and help uplift future generations to ensure no child is left behind.” 

Funds raised at this year’s event will continue to support the healthy development of local children and youth.

The goal was to raise enough funds to support 1,300 low-income children and at-risk youth, which was met and surpassed.

“Words can’t begin to describe the gratitude we have for the heart and incredible generosity of our community, who are helping set children, youth, and families up with a strong foundation that will last a lifetime,” Watson added.
Opportunities to donate remain open until June 19 the YMCA website.


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