September 10th, 2011
So tomorrow is the big day.
What was I thinking?
Answer: I was thinking a few things. This whole idea started because I wanted to celebrate my shift at SUN FM changing from just doing mornings in Kelowna to doing midays which is heard in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. The thing all these communities have in common, besides geography is Lake Okanagan. As the wheels in my head spun I came up with a plan to wakesurf the entire length of the lake, I knew it had been water skied and wake boarded,, but I’m pretty sure no one had ever wakesurfed it before! I had this idea back in May, I sat on it as the summer went on and decided it would be perfect to do in September. September happens to be my favourite month in the Okanagan, it’s still summer time hot, the lake is still warm and as much as I love sharing the Okanagan with tourists it’s kind of nice when they pack up and go home leaving the lake free of too many boats!
The wheel continued to turn… if I was going to do this… I didn’t want it to just be for me… so… *BINGO* The 30K Club! I am a founding member of this wonderful arm of the Kelowna Gospel Mission, and I know they have services that can be used and accessed by the entire Okanagan so it only made sense that I tried to garner some support of them! I contact Jessica Samuels who is heading up the 30K Club and asked what they needed! It turns out the The Gospel Mission has an amazing Dental Clinic that helps so many people!! I know that a tooth ache is horrible beyond horrible even when you know you can go to the dentists, imagine if your only option was to deal with the tooth yourself? Just. Awful. Plus a smile can open so many doors, why wouldn’t we make sure that everyone has an opportunity to take care of theirs?
Hence: Surfing For Smiles!
Let me break it down for you.. Basically I am starting at Paddle Wheel Park in Vernon and Wakesurfing to the dock at the Hooded Merganser in Penticton. The totally distance of the Okanagan Lake is 135KM. I will surf for 50 minutes and stop for 10 to give the legs a break, at lunch I am planning on a slightly longer break. We hope to stop and say Hi to people, pick some people up and drop others off at Lake Okanagan Resort and the Eldorado. We might also have stops in Peachland and Summerland. We estimate it will take about 10 hours to complete this venture!
I set a goal of $10,000 so the dental clinic can get Schick CDR Sensor Digital X-ray which will increase the efficiency of the clinic and allow them to see more patients.. I figure if 100 people or businesses could donate $100.00 we could get it done. This is my Wonderful 100!! I want to thank, Olive and Elle, Picture Perfect and Perpetual Blooms, Funktional, Connects Wireless, WeathLINK Financial Services and Tailblazers Kelowna.
Big thank you’s also to Fresh Air Experience for the nutrition advice and product, Caycee Zimmerman of “Cayzee in Motion” for taking care of the massage, and of course Ryan Brown of Idol Fit who has been kicking my butt and encouraging me all the way! I also have to give a special shout out to Scott Mayne and my wonderful husband Steve Weckstrom who will be driving the boat!
Special mention to Sonia Sidhu for her fundraising candy sales and the whole crew at Astral Media for their wonderful support.
Many people have donated online, I can’t access those names to say thank you to everyone in this blog, but know that I do thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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I promise to post a follow up video of my adventures tomorrow. Say a little prayer for me, and a bigger prayer of the clients at the KGM Dental Clinic.
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