Cycle for Strong Kids YMCA of Okanagan Kelowna Fundraiser

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On Sunday, May 28 nearly 300 riders raised over $80,000 for local children and youth at the YMCA of Okanagan’s largest fundraiser of the year, YMCA Cycle for Strong Kids. It is estimated this amount will benefit more than 500 local kids.

“We are truly overwhelmed by the generosity of our donor community,” reports Rhonda Zakala, Fund Development General Manager. “Thank you to all who supported this event. Because of you, we are able to continue offering financial assistance to thousands of families who depend on it to participate in crucial YMCA programs.”

With 1 in 5 children in the Central Okanagan living in poverty, many families are unable to enroll their kids in everyday activities most take for granted. Having equal access to character and strength building programs such as preschool, summer camps, sports, and aquatics has a big impact on a child’s success.  

The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign allows the YMCA to financially subsidize programs and services for families who would otherwise not be able to participate. These donations also allow the Y to offer select community programs completely free, teaching children critical life skills that will help them stay safe around water, keep up to their peers in school and remain healthy and active year round.   

“We are truly grateful for our presenting sponsors, Fresh Air and Delcourt Advisory Group at Scotia Wealth Management,” exclaims Zakala. “As well as Kelowna Capital News, Castanet and all of our supporting sponsors for making YMCA Cycle for Strong Kids possible and helping us raise an outstanding amount for Okanagan children.”

For more information on the event and to see how you can get involved in Cycle for Strong Kids 2018, contact Rhonda Zakala at 250-491-8672 or To learn more about supporting a stronger local community of children through the YMCA of Okanagan visit