Summer may be drawing to a close but that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to do in Oliver on the weekends anymore.
One activity residents can look forward to is the Oliver Elks annual Sunday breakfasts, the first of which kick off on September 8. The breakfasts run every Sunday morning and are held at the Elks Lodge from 8:30-11:30 am.
Proceeds from the first event will be donated to the family of Chloe Kroeger, age 3, a local child who was diagnosed several months ago with a rare form of cancer. The little girl is currently in Seattle where she has been undergoing an intensive series of treatments involving chemotherapy and radiation. Although the family’s hospital and accommodation costs are covered, family members have noted that there are still a number of major expenses as neither of Chloe’s parents have been able to work, except for a few weeks, since April.
According to Chloe’s grandmother Shirley Van Vianen, the family has managed to survive financially over the past few months mainly due to a successful fundraising dinner and dance held in Oliver in early June. The family has also received financial support from the residents of Oliver and Osoyoos through a trust fund set up in Chloe’s name at Valley First Credit Union in Penticton.
For the time being, it has been reported that the young girl is doing remarkably well, although she is starting to have side effects from the chemo and radiation therapies. She has sores inside her mouth but she is still able to eat and drink. Her parent’s Jon and Gina have been told that she will have a feeding tube placed once she reaches a predetermined weight. She will be sent back to Vancouver as soon as she is well enough.
Elks first vice-president Ron Ethier said helping local children and families like Chloe’s is what the breakfasts are all about.
“We’re a community organization so the way we see it, if we can help in any way, we want to help.”
Last year the events raised $8, 500.
Funds raised at the remaining breakfasts will go to other local children in need. Cost for the meal is by donation. A minimum donation of $5 is requested. Breakfast includes eggs, pancakes, hash browns, juice, coffee, beef and pork sausage, bacon, ham and berries.
Anyone interested in volunteering or joining the Elks is asked to contact president Annie Zandvliet at 250 498 2170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To read more about Chloe, click here to see Keith Lacey’s story in the Osoyoos Times
(With notes from Keith Lacey.)