Once again the UBC Okanagan varsity teams were able to show their support to the Kelowna Food bank’s Stuff a Bus campaign as student athletes volunteered their time on Sunday Nov. 27 at Kelowna’s Real Canadian Superstore.
Astral Media teamed up with Kelowna Transit to collect donations this weekend at the Real Canadian Superstore in Kelowna; and this was the third straight year the Heat pitched in with the Stuff the Bus event. This marks six consecutive years UBC Okanagan varsity athletes have been able to donate their time to the Kelowna Community Food Bank, at their neediest time. The Kelowna Food Bank needs the extra support to build Christmas hampers for 1,200 local families.
“Heat student athletes were on hand to assist those with purchased and donated goods load their items on the bus. The student athletes worked tirelessly, yet still had the energy to help provide a great atmosphere,” explains Adam Goodwin, Events and Marketing for UBC Okanagan Heat athletics. “Approximately 15 student athletes from the men’s and women’s soccer programs spent the day helping with this great event.”
Last year, the campaign collected more than six tons of food plus new toys and hundreds of dollars in cash.
Captain of the women’s soccer team and all-star keeper Sabrina Gasparac (4th year, Langley, BC) who has been on hand for her third Stuff a Bus campaign enjoys helping out:
“It is great being out here for such a good cause and helping however we can,” exclaims Gasparac. We're having lots of fun and are glad to be here.”
Zach Donaldson-Hall (4th year, Kamloops, BC)a forward on the men’s soccer team echoes Sabrina’s views on the day as he says; “It's such a great experience to come out for a few hours with fellow athletes knowing that we are contributing to a positive cause. Everyone is enjoying themselves, and it's not even cold.”