Kelowna students smash for cash to help Fort McMurray

A car being smashed at Okanagan Mission Secondary school to raise money for Fort McMurray. Contributed

KELOWNA – Okanagan Mission Secondary (OKM) students have been smashing up a car all week. They’re not using the crashing and bashing as an opportunity to let out end-of-year steam; instead, they’re doing it to raise money for a cause.

The students, some who are part of the volunteer team, ‘Volinspire’ are meeting graduation requirements while raising money for Fort McMurray.

Tickets cost $5 which gets you 30 seconds of using either a hammer or a crow bar to smash or bash a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. The volunteers auctioned off the honour of the first crack at the windshield to the highest bidder in hopes to engage their peers to support community efforts.

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The smash for cash initiative was inspired by a group of students who wanted to raise funds to support the Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray.

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“The Fort McMurray fires hit home for a lot of students as many of them have been touched by the hardship of wildfires here in the Okanagan, and they want to help,” said Kristian Oppenheim, who is a grade 10 student and Team Volinspire Ambassador.

Interior Savings has agreed to match all funds raised to support Red Cross relief efforts for Fort McMurray by the OKM student leadership group.

“I have no doubt they will be catalysts for inspiring many more students to get involved in the community, and I believe Volinspire gives them the platform to do it,” said a spokesperson of Interior Savings Natalie Waynert.

Okanagan Mission Secondary school student leadership team. Contributed

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