Kelowna, B.C., (Sept 26) — The skies were filled with superheroes today as men and women suited up and rappelled 23 storeys down a Kelowna high rise all to raise money for Easter Seals BC/Yukon. The sold-out event saw 50 participants step outside their comfort zone and rappel, raising over $64,000 and counting. This year’s total campaign goal is $300,000.
The new Landmark 7 Office Tower at 1700 Dickson Ave in Kelowna was host to this year’s Kelowna Drop Zone event. The event is the last in a series of five stops that were held across the province in September. Locations included: Vancouver (Sept. 7), Surrey (Sept. 12), Burnaby (Sept. 14), Victoria (Sept. 19), and Kelowna (Sept. 26).
“This event is so unique, and it challenges people to step outside of their comfort zone, which many of our clients must do every day,” says Easter Seals spokesperson Mike Leland. “The event also provides vital funding for our programs and services, which help break down barriers and provide individuals with diverse abilities the same opportunities as everyone else. This is critical if we are to create a truly inclusive, accessible and equitable society.”
Held across Canada each year, the event has raised more than $16 million for Seals programs and services, supporting children and adults living with disabilities. The event in its 18th year helps fund vital programs and services for kids and adults with disabilities.
“The Kelowna branch of Wellington-Altus Private Wealth is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2023 Easter Seals Drop Zone event in Kelowna,” said Emmy Pachenski, Senior Associate at Wellington-Altus Private Wealth Kelowna branch. “As part of the Wellington-Altus family, a vital piece of our company culture has grown organically from within the community,” she adds.
“We admire the work Easter Seals BC/Yukon continues to do within our local communities and are privileged to come together to help persons with diverse abilities become unstoppable.”
Funds raised stay locally to help fund important programming and services for children and adults with disabilities. This includes operating three camps across the province; vital educational programs that help transition young adults into adulthood and teach those with diverse abilities the skills to find work in the hospitality industry. Near Vancouver Children’s Hospital, we also run Easter Seals House, a home away from home for anyone travelling to Vancouver for medical reasons.
Easter Seals Drop Zone is made possible with support of our sponsors Wellington-Altus Private Wealth, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd, GRM Inc. and Landmark District.
People wishing to support the cause can go to dropzonebc.ca to donate. All donations stay in the community.
About Easter Seals BC/Yukon and BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities
Since 1952, Easter Seals BC & Yukon has provided programs and services to persons with diverse abilities that help improve their quality of life. For over six decades, the Society has helped over 1,000,000 families in need through transportation services, child health research, Easter Seals summer camps, Easter Seals House, post-secondary bursaries at seven regional colleges or universities, community access services, and patient care programs. www.eastersealsbcy.ca
About Wellington-Altus Private Wealth
Founded in 2017, Wellington-Altus Private Wealth (Wellington-Altus) is Canada’s top-rated* wealth advisory firm and one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. With more than $25 billion in assets under administration and offices across the country, Wellington-Altus identifies with successful, entrepreneurial advisors and their high-net-worth clients.
*Investment Executive 2023 Brokerage Report Card.