Okanagan Valley, BC (July 20th, 2020) – On Saturday, Aug. 8 two longtime friends will meet up again in their hometown to “Stand Up For The People Place.”
“Stand Up For” is an annual local fundraising effort by Brittney Page and Kristin Postill where they stand up paddleboard the length of Kalamalka Lake, 16km, in support of a chosen charity. This year, in the wake of COVID,
they’re paddling for The People Place, a non-profit which supports local charities by offering subsidized rent and shared amenities. Without the People Place, charitable organizations would end up diverting resources to paying higher rent instead of keeping overhead low and staying focused on service delivery.
This is the third “Stand Up For” fundraising event Page and Postill have led. In 2017 they first paddled the lake in support of The Okanagan Rail Trail, raising more than $19,000. Last year they raised more than $6,000 for KidSport Okanagan Chapters. This year, it was important to choose a charity that was helping those in the Okanagan most affected by the pandemic and because of the wide variety of charities that The People Place supports, it was the perfect fit.
“We are sensitive about fundraising during the pandemic but the truth is those who have been hit the hardest need charitable support now more than ever,” said Postill. “We’ve both been extremely fortunate to have not lost our jobs and it’s important for people like us, who find ourselves in incredibly fortunate circumstances during this time, to stand up for those who have not.”
This year, Postill and Page have set a lofty goal of raising $25,000 in just a few weeks but they are used to aiming high and succeeding! Page played professional volleyball all over the world and led the Team Canada Women’s Volleyball Team for two cycles. Postill spent many years as a professional equestrian show jumper and now works as an advertising professional. Friends since elementary school, both women said it’s important to them to support the community that helped shape their youth.
Page and Postill welcome as many paddlers as they can gather to join the effort. For them, it’s all about getting out on the lake, enjoying the Okanagan lifestyle and doing some good while they’re at it. The day of the paddle they will be following COVID guidelines with physical distancing and a sanitization station at their midway point of Kekuli Bay.
“We both feel very lucky to have been able to grow up in the Okanagan and feel it’s important to give back when we can,” said Page. “We’ve been really energized about the support we’ve received from local business and the
community in the past. It’s our intention to get as many paddlers on the lake as possible to support the effort and hopefully bring new awareness to this incredible organization.”
To support Brittney and Kristin donate to the paddle here: https://bit.ly/supfortpp
To join the paddle email Kristin at: [email protected]
About The People Place
When the idea for People Place was first conceived, it was with a simple but powerful vision – to act as a roof for dozens of non-profit and social service agencies. By providing stable and affordable office space, non-profits are able to focus their precious resources on delivering programming that makes a difference, and families are able to get the help they need at a location that’s convenient and anonymous. Since the People Place opened its doors 24 years ago, they have been able to deliver on that promise to the community – conn