Photo by Lauren St Clair (Photo Editor)
Photo by Lauren St Clair (Photo Editor)

On September 22, downtown Kelowna was blessed with beautiful weather and was bustling with people, with the Rotary Foxhunt fundraising event, hosted by The Rotary Club of Kelowna, held at Stuart Park.

Many families, friends and colleagues formed teams of 4-10 people, competing to win the scavenger hunt and various games.

As the games required using both the brain and body, the location of the event diverged outside of Stuart Park. Missions given to the attendees varied. For example, “Top of The World”, a fragment of the hunt, required participants to go around downtown to find a parkade in downtown Kelowna and take a great roof-top photo. Contestants were expected to participate in trivia questions in creatively-titled segments such as “The Hidden Element” and “Concealed Animal”. Prizes were given to the participating teams- with a special prize for the winning team.

Photo by Lauren St Clair (Photo Editor)
Photo by Lauren St Clair (Photo Editor)

Not only did the participants get to test their team-building and problem-solving skills by partaking in the event, but they are also contributed to a good cause. According to Sandy Ketler, Chairperson of The Rotary Foxhunt, the purpose of the event was to, “raise money for Hands in Service for the new Mobile Dental Van and for the Rotary Peace Garden at JoeAnna's House.” The event’s good turn out had Ketler expressing her excitement:“The Rotary Fox Run was an amazing event today. We had more than seventy people come out to solve challenges in an amazing race style event.”

JoeAnna’s House is similar to the Ronald Mcdonald House in Vancouver, and is part of the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. Sasha Carter, the Director of Legacy Giving from the KGH Foundation explained: “at the hospital, one out of every four beds is for someone who isn't from the Central Okanagan, and when these people are coming to have surgeries or treatment at KGH their families have nowhere to stay… JoeAnna's house will be a home for families who are visiting with sick family members in the hospital.”

The Executive Director of Hands in Service, Patricia Goertzen, briefly introduced her organization: “Hands in Service works with people with disabilities, low income and mobility issues between 19 and 65 for in-home services. We send volunteers into their homes to do things like basic housekeeping, laundry and simple food preparation to keep those people in their homes as long as they possibly can be.”

Photo by Lauren St Clair (Photo Editor)
Photo by Lauren St Clair (Photo Editor)

Goertzen explained that Hands in Service also collaborates with other organizations. They work directly with the food bank to make sure that people who qualify for food hampers can actually receive them.

As fundraisers are an important part of this support system, events are vital for organizations, “Our Touch of Christmas fair which is one of our major fundraisers happens December 1st at the New Life Centre.” More information can be found on www.handsinservice.ca/event/toc2018. In conjunction with Christmas, Patricia also highlighted their Christmas Door Swag Fundraiser, where beautiful fresh greens all wrapped up in a bow are available for presale only for $20, also available on their website!

It was the first time this event was held and it was definitely a success. Ketler expressed the desire to host the event annually and engage people in fun activities for a charitable purpose.