Central Okanagan Hospice Association launches In Loving Memory campaign with $80,000 goal – Kelowna News

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The Hospice launches a campaign

Cindy White

As it celebrates 40 years in the community, the Central Okanagan Hospital Association is launching a unique new fundraising campaign.

The In Loving Memory campaign offers three ways for donors to honor their loved ones.

“They can donate and there are different levels of donation that will bring our supporters together,” says Natasha Girard, CEO of ACHO.

They can sign their loved one’s name on the memory wall at the August Centre, have the name added to an online keepsake, or it will appear on a billboard along Highway 97 in West Kelowna during the May.

Matt August, president of August Automotive Group, has been an integral part of fundraising for the association since 2015 after the death of his uncle.

“We did a fundraiser at my house actually – the Gerry August fundraiser. And then began our foundation and our dream rally, and a whole bunch of different things.

“We were happy to do what we could to support the place for sure,” he said.

The fundraising goal is $80,000 and $20,000 has been raised to date. The money goes to support people like Sandy, who suddenly lost her 5-year-old daughter in August 2021.

She is featured in a new video as part of the In Loving Memory campaign.

The impact COHA has on the community can be seen through its volunteers like Shirley Jensen, who joined in its inception 40 years ago and was on hand for the campaign launch on Monday.

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