In January 2019, Canadian RV dealer Voyager RV set a goal to raise $100,000 for local charities as part of its Voyager Cares initiative. During the campaign, every department in the 36-year-old dealership—a mainstay in the Lake Country, B.C. community—committed to making a donation for every RV sold.
Over the past year and a half, the initiative supported the efforts of the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation, Mamas for Mamas, ALS Society of BC, the Central Okanagan Food Bank, Alzheimer Society of BC, Kelowna Women’s Shelter and the BC Cancer Foundation.
In August 2020, following a delay due to COVID-19, the final donation of their campaign—$14,385—was given to the new Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Kelowna, B.C., bringing Voyager RV’s total giving to $103,365.
“After we went through the closure with COVID, we knew now more than ever we needed to come back and not only complete our goal, but continue to support the community that has so generously supported us now for 36 years,” said Voyager RV Vice President Jason Friesen.
The Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna opened in January 2020. Its goal: to provide a centre of leadership and promote excellence in child abuse services, research, training and education.
“What we have built is an interdisciplinary response to child abuse and neglect. It changes everything to have a place that was built for children. This is a big change for kids. We’ve built a space where they feel safe and important and we can’t do it without donations like this,” said CAC Executive Director, Ginny Becker. “To see an organization that imbeds this type of giving into their culture is extraordinary, and know the work you’ve done here puts you by our side every day when the door opens and a child walks through.”
“We were thrilled with the amount of the final donation,” said Friesen. “It was an excellent way to wrap up the campaign and to celebrate and thank the Voyager Staff who have worked so hard to help us achieve our goal.
It’s been an amazing year, having the opportunity to support our community in this way. We knew when we started this was a lofty goal, but we knew with the support of the Voyager Team and our loyal customer base, it was something we could achieve. Through all the ups and downs of especially the past 6 months it’s just so rewarding to see the final total and eclipse the $100,000 mark.”
While this marks the end of the Voyager Cares campaign, the RV dealership is dedicated to continuing to support their community through charitable giving.
Let’s give a big round of applause to the folks at Voyager RV for exceeding their goal and helping countless others through their efforts.
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