Local philanthropist donates big to Rail Trail

A lifelong local resident has gifted the Okanagan Rail Trail a very large donation to help kick off the spring community campaign to finish the trail.

“When I first heard about the CN abandonment and the concept of rails to trails, it was a distant vision with huge potential,” said retired businessman and philanthropist George Galbraith.

“Now the project is well on its way, and I believe that together, we can reach the fundraising target so that the trail from Kelowna to the North Okanagan can be safe and open by next year.”

The retired philanthropist donated $150,000 to the project.

Wanting to encourage and support other donors to help finish the trail, Galbraith is offering more than the single donation.

“Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, I am making a two pronged donation towards the fantastic legacy of the rail trail”, announced Galbraith while standing at the Kekuli Bay section of the trail on Monday.

“I will also match donations, up to $150,000, made from today until June 30th, the day before Canada’s 150th birthday. I want to see the trail developed so that it is safe and enduring, and finished soon so I can enjoy biking the trail with my grandchildren.”

For more information on the trail route, construction stages, and how the community can be involved is available on: www.okanaganrailtrail.ca and on Facebook.

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