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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Capital News

NEWS W B.C. LUNG ASSOCIATION Local foundation supports Hope Air medical care flights Trade golf savings for research dollars Hope Air, the unique national charity that provides free flights to people who cannot afford the cost of an airline ticket to get to specialized medical care outside their local communities, has received funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation to expand its free flight services to residents of the region in 2011. Central Okanagan Foundation is providing funding to Hope Air in 2011 to provide flights to residents of the region, assisting children, single-parent families and people in financial need who must travel long distances to receive either diagnosis or specialized treatment. “Last year, Hope Air provided over 560 flights related to the Central Okanagan region of British Columbia,” said Dennis Kiffiak, Hope Air’s director of

development based in Vancouver. “In fact, the Kelowna-to-Vancouver route was our busiest route in all of Canada with 473 flights. Fifty per cent of all flights were provided for children. “The funding provided by the Central Okanagan Foundation is an important element to our commitment to expand free flights to the central B.C. Interior “We know that there are many residents of the Okanagan Valley who need to get to certain types of health care that does not exist in the local community. “Support from local organizations like the Central Okanagan Foundation helps Hope Air to overcome the twin barriers of cost and distance that prohibit people from accessing the medical care they need.”

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For more than 20 years the British Columbia Lung Association has offered a great deal to golf enthusiasts and amateurs alike: The annual Golf Privilege Club® membership book. For only $35 this ultimate golf savings book offers deep discounts and reduced fees at over 450 golf courses in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Washington State. By giving just a little, Kelowna golfers can receive great savings and discounts on their favourite sport while also supporting the one in five British Columbians living with lung disease. “Our membership book saves golfers hundreds of dollars for less than the price of one round of golf,” said Walda Reszitnyk, B.C. Lung Association volunteer director for Kelowna. “It’s also a great way for golfers to pay less and play more while supporting the lung association’s work to improve lung

health in British Columbia.” Chronic lung disease is the fastest growing cause of hospitalization, disability and death in Canada. Incidence of child asthma has reached epidemic levels, lung cancer takes more lives each year than any other cancer and tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death. Help us make lung disease history. To purchase a copy of the BC Lung Association ultimate golf savings book visit or call 1-800-6655864. As a non-profit and volunteer-based health charity, the B.C. Lung Association depends on donations from the public. Through fundraising programs such as the Golf Privilege Club, the BCLA is able to support lung health research, education, prevention and advocacy for British Columbians suffering from respiratory illnesses. In addition,


WALDA RESZITNYK, the Kelowna volunteer

director for the B.C. Lung Association (left), shares some insight to the Golf Privilege Book with a BCLA volunteer Kelsey Lenters. The Association’s Better Breathers Clubs offer support for people with conditions such as Chron-

ic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). For more information visit

Adopt your own stream If you’re looking for a feel-good activity, consider participating in the City of Kelowna’s Adopta-Stream program. The Adopt-a-Stream program runs in the spring and fall, giving organizations, families, individuals, clubs and community groups the opportunity to assist the city in keeping Kelowna’s streams healthy. “Groups help our streams by picking up litter and debris, removing noxious weeds and painting yellow fish on storm drains to raise awareness about the sensitivity of our watershed,” said program coordinator Summer Bracey. “The program requires that an organization adopt a portion of a stream to care for— for at least two years.” For more information about the program, visit To adopt a stream, contact Summer Bracey at or 250-469-8883.

Kelowna Capital News April 6, 2011  
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