Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran is presented with the first poppy of the year by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 president Jim White on Oct. 24, 2019. (Michael Rodriguez - Kelowna Capital News)

Kelowna Legion begins poppy drive

Last year, the local legion raised over $200,000 for veterans in need

After a successful poppy drive last year, branch 26 of the Royal Canadian Legion is looking to top themselves with an even larger fundraiser this year.

The legion raised over $200,000 for the Poppy Fund in 2018, all of which went to help veterans in need.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran was at the legion’s poppy drive commencement event and was presented with the first poppy of the year.

“It certainly is an honour to receive our city’s first poppy,” said Basran.

“I want to thank all of the veterans here for your continued sacrifice for our community, for our country and helping build this incredible nation that we have.”

Basran continued, saying he’s proud to be a Canadian and thanked veterans for upholding the reputation of the country.

“The fact that we can all travel around to different countries and when we say we’re Canadian, we’re welcomed with open arms and big smiles. I can’t tell you how great that feels,” he said.

“It’s in large part because of what you’ve done to help build this nation and your sacrifice for our freedoms.”

MP elects, Dan Albas and Tracy Gray also attended the event and were presented with poppies.

“When you look at the symbol of the poppy, it is recognized all over the world,” said Gray.

“Thank you for all of the work you do in our community.”

Though a new donation tray provider is causing delays in the legion’s fundraising efforts this year, you can expect poppies to be available in local businesses by the beginning of November.

READ MORE: Former Kelowna Hells Angels associate could be deported, court rules

READ MORE: New plans submitted for former Art Knapp site in Kelowna


@michaelrdrguez
michael.rodriguez@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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

Just Posted

Another new brewpub proposed for Kelowna’s north end beer district

Kelowna city council will hear the proposal for another pub on Monday

Aircraft with mechanical issue safely returns to gate at YLW

As a safety precaution, emergency response teams were dispatched to standby

Update: Highway 97 now clear after early morning crash near UBCO

Traffic was detourted after a crash reported around 8:30 a.m. Friday

West Kelowna Warriors aim to continue first 3-game winning streak since 2018

The Warriors host the Surrey Eagles Friday night looking for win No. 4

Kelowna SPCA gives tips on pet safety during harsh winter conditions

SPCA strongly urges pet owners to keep all animals inside during the winter

Fashion Fridays: Look your best this year

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Summerland steam railway to mark 25th anniversary

Kettle Valley Steam Railway has received support from community

Crown won’t appeal sentence in child sex assault case of former Burns Lake mayor

B.C. Prosecution Service said sentence doesn’t meet standard for appeal

MITCHELL’S MUSINGS: Ethical errors proving costly for baseball

Paltry punishment, gag orders opposite of what’s needed; house cleaning, real justice in order

Ditched vehicle off highway sends Okanagan crews on multiple calls

Vernon Fire Rescue Services has had repeated calls about the vehicle between Vernon and Kelowna

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

B.C. pair ordered to pay $55,000 for oil tank discovered four years after selling home

Judge says defendants breached contract, despite being unaware of tank until basement flooded

Canada to give $25,000 to families of each Canadian who died in Iran plane crash

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also made it clear that Canada still expects Iran to compensate victims

Most Read