East Meets West fundraiser is back for 2022 after pandemic hiatus – Okanagan

A local children’s foundation is just days away from its 2022 fundraiser. East Meets West is ready to celebrate on Saturday after a pandemic break.

The annual East Meets West dinner had to be put on hiatus for the past few years due to COVID-19, although it was still able to raise over $60,000. The organization is now ready for a large-scale event which is also linked to worldwide holidays.

« It’s so exciting that this weekend we are going to celebrate Diwali, which is the festival of lights, » said Mohini Singh, president of the East Meets West children’s foundation.

“We bring light into the lives of young children who would otherwise be in darkness. We bring hope and we bring light.

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In-person Diwali celebrations return to the Okanagan

Since 2008, the East Meets West Children’s Foundation has provided supplies and resources to children in need, not only in the Okanagan, but around the world.

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“Especially in India. I mean, we give money to a whole bunch of organizations for orphans, kids who need medical supplies and that sort of thing,” said Mike Hill of East Meets West.

“Here in Kelowna, we give School District 23 some of the things they need in schools for young children, as well as Starbright.”

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The foundation has visited the schools it has raised funds for in the past and seen the impact donations can have.

“It’s just a drop in the ocean. It’s our corner of the world and we believe in what we’re doing,” Singh said.

“Even though it’s a very, very small thing in the global business scheme, we know we’re making a difference. We know we are changing lives.

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The event takes place on Saturday at the Parkinson Recreation Center and more information is available on the East Meets West Foundation website.

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