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In conjunction with its 35th anniversary, B.C.-based Voyager RV has set a goal to raise $100,000 for local charities over the next 12 months through its Voyagers Cares fundraising initiative.

According to a press release, the dealership recently held its first check presentation with a donation of $11,970 to the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank.

“Coming into our 35th year, I was reflecting on how special it was for the company and our family, we are extremely grateful for the continued support of our community and we wanted to find a way to say thank you in a meaningful way,” said Vice President Jason Friesen. “This initiative reaches far beyond profits and the bottom line. For us it’s about more than business, it’s a commitment from our family and staff as a way to say thank you and support the community that has supported us for so many years.”

Providing food services to between 100 and 150 households every day, Tammie Watson, the revenue development officer with the organization, said the donation will go a long way in helping stock their shelves during the slower donation period typically seen during the summer months.

“Food security is a large issue in the Okanagan but one that we strive to advocate for every day. We can’t do it without community support, so donations, especially as large as this, go so far,” sayid Watso. “We actually have a buying power of 3-to-1 with our retail partners, which means for every $1 donated it’s worth $3 of food on our shelves, so you can basically triple this donation for the community.”

“I thought it was a great time to give back in a way we never have before. When I took it to my Dad he was onboard from the very beginning, without hesitation. He was excited! It’s about making a difference within our community in a way that’s rarely seen from family-owned RV dealerships,” said Friesen.

For more information about the Voyager Cares campaign contact Voyager RV Friesen at 250-766-4607 or [email protected]