Despite frigid temperatures and tough economic times, North Okanagan residents were filled with both warmth and generosity Friday. A steady stream of people came out for Century 21's fundraising barbecue in support of Camp Winfield. The camp for disabled kids was recently vandalized, receiving $15,000 worth of damage.
"It's pretty upsetting." said camp counselor Madeleine Shaw, "But at the same time it's really cool to see so many people coming together."
Thanks to everyone who made a donation for a hot dog or hamburger and warm coffee, the event raised approximately $1,600 which the Realtors at Century 21 are matching.
The generosity of the community put hope back in many hearts, as people handed over donations for a warm lunch to help the kids. One giving individual didn't even take any food, but insisted on handing a $100 bill to the cause. Rory White was one of the people who made a point of coming out to support the fundraiser.
"I used to deliver to the camp so when I saw it on the news my heart went out to these guys," said White.
Shaw has been a counselor for three years at the camp, which both her parents also worked at.
"It's the best place on Earth." said Shaw.
Whether they're in a wheelchair or whatever disability they have, the camp gives them a chance to be kids and do things some of them would never otherwise have the opportunity to do.
"It's just so cool to be able to get to help those kids, to facilitate the experience of them getting up a climbing wall, canoeing, being outside and camping," said Shaw.
"You basically do whatever you can to help these kids have the best week of their lives."
Shelinda Morin, with Century 21, thanks everyone who supported the event, including those who provided supplies free of cost. "It just wouldn't have been as successful."