Penticton toonie swim raises $950 for United Way

Penticton residents made a splash on Sunday in support of the United Way, with swimmers coming out in droves for a special fundraiser that generated $950 for the local charity.

The City of Penticton invited residents to take part in a Toonie Family Swim Day at the Penticton Community Centre Sunday afternoon, and 515 people attended - including 435 adults and 80 preschool children - for a total of $950 to be donated to the United Way South Okanagan Similkameen.

"We were blown away by the community's support on Sunday afternoon," said Penticton RCMP Insp. Brad Haugli, who is also the Co-Chair of the United Way's 2012 Campaign Cabinet. "We thank the entire community for coming out Sunday to go for a swim and support this great cause. Funds raised will be directed to help local youth take part in recreation activities who otherwise could not, and everyone wins when our children are active."

United Way supports vulnerable children, families and seniors in the community - individuals who need help most. When United Way helps others, our community is stronger. The South Okanagan Similkameen organization consists of volunteers, with a small staff, that raise funds to support community in ways that impact lives in a real way. For more information about the United Way, visit their website.