October 7, 2023
Dozens from the community rappelled down the newest addition to the iconic Landmark District - Landmark Tower 7, all in support of Easter Seals.
Funds raised from this years rappels, which have been hosted from high-rises around western Canada, will help send children and adults with disabilities to Easter Seals Camp Winfield, located in Lake Country.
"This is the 18th year that we have been doing this. Right now, it is the fifth stop on a five-stop tour across British Columbia. We were in Vancouver, Victoria, Burnaby, Surrey, and we are going to wrap it up here in Kelowna," said Mike Leland, vice president of engagement at Easter Seals BC.
Easter Seals had set a goal of raising $300,000 across the province throughout the Drop Zone initiative. Heading into Kelowna, funds raised totalled $250,000. With the help of the Okanagan community, and a stunning donation of $50,000 from the Stober Foundation as the event was wrapping up, Easter Seals achieved their goal and then some!
“We have long been big supporters of Easter Seals and the vital work they through their work and programming across Canada, but we are especially proud to see the work they do here at home for individuals and families here in the Okanagan Valley. To that end, and in support of their rappel in the iconic Landmark District, it is a privilege and blessing to be able to make such a meaningful donation as they close up this season's rappel circuit. I figured with all heroes and changemakers in our community who stepped off the ledge of this 24 storey tower in support of this charity, we might as well step up and honour their courage!” said Keith Brewster, CEO of the Stober Foundation.
A total of 50 brave individuals took part on in this year’s rappel, inspiring the surprise $50,000 donation from the Stober Foundation.
"It's a unique perspective for people. If you are living with a diverse ability or a disability, sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone every day just by walking out your door," Leland added.
"Stepping out of a 24-story building gives people a unique lens and perspective on things and really challenges them. They come through, they do it, and they are superheroes for it.
For more information on the initiative and ways to be involved in upcoming events with Easter Seals, please visit their website;