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Kelowna Beach Rentals invited friends and guests to rally together for an amazing cause. Working with 'Wish Come True Society', Kelowna Beach Rentals held a silent auction, SUP relays, sand castle competitions, and more. All proceeds were donated to the society in order to raise money for a children's respite/hospice house in Kelowna. The Wish Come True Society is a local, licensed non-profit society that was created in 2012 for the purpose of raising funds to help terminally ill children and their families. 

 

The second annual "Rock The Wish" fundraising event was held at The Packing House Neighbourhood Pub in support of Wish Come True Society to help them on their Mission of building a Children's Respite/Hospice house in Kelowna. A fun day/night event that packed the house!

 

Like many others, I often marvel at the irony or perhaps poignant timing of things.

Last week I was blessed with the birth of my great-granddaughter Arya.

Naturally, that event flashed me back to the day that my granddaughter Chelsea first entered the world more than two decades ago—and a flood of memories from that period flowed forth.

On Wednesday, Teresa and I attended an Uptown Rutland Business Association after 5 social.

While there, we were reminded of an upcoming event critical in helping critically ill children.

The Wish Come True Society, a local non-profit organization, is determined to create a Respite/Hospice House for Children in Kelowna.

That’s a challenging quest and one I hope the community fully embraces. It certainly is a need worthy of resolve.

On Wednesday, July will host the 8th annual Ugly Jacket Classic Golf Tournament in an effort to kick off that quest.

Currently, any family with a terminally ill child, or child in need of constant care, must travel to Vancouver for assistance.

Such a scenario is not only physically and financially difficult; it is also emotionally upsetting for all involved.

The Wish Come True Society recognized eight years ago the need for local families with terminally ill children to have access to essential, quality care for their kids without the additional risk of the financial and emotional hardship caused by having to leave their homes, jobs and support systems to travel to Canuck Place in Vancouver.

During the past seven years, the Ugly Jacket tournament helped raise funds to assist families travelling to Vancouver.

While that honourable effort was greatly appreciated, organizers faced a scenario two years ago that helped alter their fundraising focus.

Nine-year-old Marcus Smythe and his family were the recipient of the annual event’s funds and assistance.

However, all little Marcus really wanted during that tough time period was to see his friends and his puppy dog.

Sadly, Marcus passed away less than two months after the tournament.

It was at that point that the Wish Come True Society decided it was more important to build a respite/hospice house for children here in Kelowna —rather than continuously sending an individual family to Vancouver.

When Teresa and I returned home from the  URBA event, my mind continued to replay the trauma and drama my world went through in early October, some 22 years ago.

My stepdaughter Shauna was having severe complications in the final stages of pregnancy and both her life and that of yet unborn daughter Chelsea were in major threat.

Shauna was flown by air ambulance to The Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

After a couple hours of intense surgery and skilled medical mastery, the world welcomed Chelsea Rae and saved Shauna as well.

Chelsea then endured several more weeks of outstanding care at the Children’s Hospital before she could return to Kelowna.

I have no doubt that without the magnificent skill and knowledge of surgeons and staff at that Vancouver, facility my step-daughter, granddaughter and now great granddaughter would not be here today.

The stress for all involved at the time was huge and certainly the time and costs of trips back and forth to the coast only added to the stress levels.

I relate to the similar concerns local families face today, which is why I fully support the goal of Brad Krauza, Shaun Bos, Les Bellamy and others involved with the Wish Come True Society.

I encourage you to take part in or support the annual Ugly Jacket Classic Golf Tournament sponsored by Bellamy Homes and Country 100.7.

There are sponsorship opportunities available as well as room for more teams.

 

he Wish Come True Society invited participants to help support their golf tournament this year as the organization strives to raise funds for a Hospice/Respite house in Kelowna for children with terminal illness. This golf tournament is all about celebrating, having fun, and of course raising funds to help those in need. The Texas Scramble style tournament included 18 holes of golf, dinner, both a silent and live auction, and more! All proceeds raised from this event went to the Wish Come True Society. Thank you to the Black Mountain Golf Club for hosting this event. For more information on the Wish Come True Society, please visit www.wishcometruesociety.com.

 

by  - Kelowna Capital News
Jan 30, 2013

A golf stag party may end up being the humble origins of what eventually brings Kelowna its first respite centre and hospice house for children.

After Brad Krauza spent his bachelor party on the golf course with 15 close friends several years ago, the group vowed to get together to play 18 more often.

The gathering became an annual event and in the third year, the friends decided to raise money for a good cause.

"A fellow musician's dad had passed away, so (we said): Let's raise some money, do a dedication to his dad and maybe we could raise money for kids somewhere, because we all have kids. So we put on the golf tournament for the Central Okanagan Child Development Association," said Krauza.

In more recent years, funds from the golf tournament went toward helping local families with costs so they were able to be at Canuck Place with their children during their final stages of life.

Markus Smythe was a benefactor from the 2011 golf tournament; a month later he passed away.

"We were all devastated. The mom had said the words that came out of his mouth when he was in Canuck Place was he wanted to see his dog and his friends but he couldn't because he was stuck in Vancouver.

"That made us think: Why don't we have one here?"

With that vision in mind, the Wish Come True Society was formed in 2012 with the goal of building a respite centre and hospice house for children in Kelowna.

Krauza understands the long-term goal is ambitious, and will take no shortage of money, but he believes there is a need. And recent conversations have led him to believe the community is willing to help.

"We've already had people offering us property for free.

"I think if we all come together, it will happen a lot sooner than later."