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The Kelowna Snowmobile Club is hosting the annual poker run for the BC Children’s Hospital – Okanagan PiPa News

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The Kelowna Snowmobile Club is hosting the annual poker run for the BC Children’s Hospital – Okanagan

More than 100 snowmobilers raced through Graystokes Provincial Park from checkpoint to checkpoint Saturday for the Kelowna Snowmobile Club’s annual Poker Run fundraiser.

Gray skies and the threat of rain Saturday didn’t stop club members from going out to raise money for the BC Children’s Hospital heart department as well as for the club.

“We are custodians of the Graystokes area as well as Myra-Bellevue [Park]”said Tim Mitchell, a board member of the Kelowna Snowmobile Club.

“We have exclusive use of the park as well as the surrounding area for snowmobile use only, but in the summer we are also very active here filling fuel for emergency shelters, making sure the trails are clear. So, this is a full-time job that works throughout the year.

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Members of the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue are on standby during the event, in case of an emergency.

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“They are a great supporter of us when we need them, so we support them when they have their activities,” said Duane Tresnich, COSAR search manager.

“We have teams out there making sure everyone is safe and if something happens, we’ll be on site to take care of it.”

While the snowmobilers looped the track, the club hosted a family-fun event in the parking lot, which included a kids snowmobile track and displays of new outdoor winter toys. Darrell Hamilton brought a machine called the “Snow Dog,” a utility snowmobile-like machine for outdoor travel.

“It’s used for recreation, ice fishing, trap lines, hunting, whatever you want it in all weather so you’re not limited by the snow,” Mitchell said.

The fundraising goal for this year’s poker run is $10,000.

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