Oyama Zipline will give 100% to charity on Sept. 8

Family-owned Oyama Zipline has super-sized their charitable giving.

Staff at Oyama Zipline get ready for Sept. 8 when all proceeds from ticket sales will go to charity.

Staff at Oyama Zipline get ready for Sept. 8 when all proceeds from ticket sales will go to charity.

Residents of the surrounding towns as well as travellers are invited to participate in this year’s SuperZip all day on Sept. 8.

When you purchase a tour for that day, 100% is donated to charity.

SuperZip is an extension of the national SuperWalk event for Parkinson’s disease.

With no organized walk in Oyama, supporters can get involved in two ways. One ‘superfun’ method of supporting Parkinsons Canada Society’s SuperWalk is to book a zipline tour in Oyama for Sept. 8.

A second way to participate is to sponsor Team Oyama onwww.parkinson.bc.ca by registering as a ‘virtual zipliner”.

“Team Oyama Zipline raised an impressive $4,950 at SuperWalk 2012”, Laura Darch of Parkinson Society British Columbia reports.

The Lake Country attraction is optimistic about giving more this year.

 Peter and Jennifer Madsen are good corporate citizens and have created an ongoing Community Care Plan for their outdoor adventure business. One dollar from each zipline tour is donated. With over 10,000 riders completing the seven-station zip park, the ‘loonies’ are adding-up in this small community.

Besides local schools and food banks benefiting from the Madsen’s corporate giving, a substantial donation was made to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club helping to send children and youth to camp this summer.

“Local initiatives will continue to be supported by Oyama Zipline,” Peter says, “and Parkinson Society’s BC chapter will be the largest benefactor of our Community Care Plan”.

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in the family initiated this additional giving. “Our family (and our friend’s family) have been affected by Parkinson’s disease so we have partnered with SuperWalk Kelowna”, Jennifer shares. “Charitable donations tend to be a reflection of personal perspective. Our family has a new appreciation for our health and a new attitude towards giving”.

The Madsens shared this list; and, are confident Oyama’s reputation as a friendly and caring community will continue.

Why More Should Become Givers:

-Well-being: Helping others improves your self worth, create more sense of purpose in life, and lead to inner satisfaction.

-Tax-savings: Donations to charitable organizations or non-profit groups are tax deductible.

-Education: Discover new points of view and opinions on social injustice. Advance principles and values close to your heart.

-Socialization: Volunteering with a charity may result in new friends and rewarding experiences.

Perhaps Winston Churchill said it best: “What is the use of living, if it not be to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?”

While raising critical funds for research, the Parkinson’s Canada Society SuperWalk will also be able to create more support services and education for families like the Madsens. For more information call 250 548 4129 or email findadventure@oyamazipline.com.