Local Philanthropist Matching Donations
Lifelong Vernon resident, retired businessman and philanthropist George Galbraith believed in the Okanagan Rail Trail from the start, and now has stepped up to kick off the spring community campaign to finish the trail. "When I first heard about the CN abandonment and the concept of rails to trails, it was a distant vision with huge potential", says Galbraith. "Now the project is well on its way, and I believe that together, we can reach the fundraising target so that the trail from Kelowna to the North Okanagan can be safe and open by next year."
"Celebrating Canada's 150th birthday, I am making a two pronged donation towards the fantastic legacy of the rail trail", announced George.
"In honour of my parents and grandparents, I am making an initial $150,000 donation. Both sets of my grandparents, John and Frances Galbraith and Harold and Effie Ewer, were pioneers in the Okanagan in the early 1900"s. My parents, Harold and Lillian Galbraith, similarly worked in the Okanagan and contributed greatly to the community. It is an honour to donate to the Okanagan Rail Trail in their memory."
Wanting to encourage and support other donors to help finish the trail, George is offering more than the single donation. "I will also match donations, up to $150,000, made from today until June 30th, the day before Canada's 150th birthday. I want to see the trail developed so that it is safe and enduring, and finished soon so I can enjoy biking the trail with my grandchildren."
"The generous donation from George Galbraith, and the offer to match an additional $150,000 will add another $450,000 which will go a long way towards finishing the trail" says Trail Ambassador Laurie Postill. "With response from donors from Kelowna to North Okanagan who want to effectively double their donation, the campaign could fund the third of four stages of trail development."
Kelowna Trail Ambassador Heather Stewart adds, "The fundraising campaign is now over half way, and with another great season of fundraising, we can truly connect our communities with this fabulous trail. The rail trail website and Facebook page lists the many upcoming events, and other opportunities for our community to get involved."