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Coronavirus: 2020 Okanagan Dream Rally cancelled, but will be back for 2021

The Okanagan Dream Rally sees dozens of supercars, luxury vehicles and high-end rides gather in Kelowna and fundraise for a variety of charities. Okanagan Dream Rally

The Okanagan’s best-known car gathering has been cancelled for 2020 because of coronavirus concerns.

Calling it a pit stop instead of a cancellation, organizers of the Okanagan Dream Rally announced on Friday that this year’s event won’t take place, but added it will be back on track for 2021.

The popular, one-day event sees dozens of supercars, luxury vehicles and high-end rides gather in downtown Kelowna and fundraise for a variety of charities.

READ MORE: Third annual Okanagan Dream Rally raises $425K for charity

Hundreds of people usually gather to see the torrent of Porsches, Ferraris and Lamborghinis along Bernard Avenue.

Last year, organizers say around 240 cars took part, and that more than 200 had already lined up for this year’s running.

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The fifth annual event was slated to take place on Aug. 2. Organizers say they had little choice but to cancel 2020 because of COVID-19 and health concerns regarding mass gatherings.

From downtown Kelowna, the vehicles leave for a there-and-back ride to Penticton, with children with health challenges acting as co-pilots for the short journey.

In 2018, the Okanagan Dream Rally raised $425,000, while 2019 saw $816,000 raised.

For 2021, organizers hope to raise $1 million, noting they already have more than $30,000 in pledges and sponsorships for next year.

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Kelowna’s Dream Rally raises money for children’s charities – Aug 4, 2019

Organizers say more than $1.6 million has been raised during the past four years for charities including Ronald McDonald House, JoeAnna’s House, Autism Okanagan, Central Okanagan Hospice Assocation and KidSport Kelowna.

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“Since 2016, the Okanagan Dream Rally has been an annual event impacting and positively changing the lives of thousands of people each year,” read a statement on the event’s website.

“The Dream Rally Team is incredibly grateful for the on-going support of our sponsors, donors, drivers, dream rally families and unbelievable Okanagan community. Without you, everything we’ve created and the funds we’ve raised would not have been possible.”

For more about the Okanagan Dream Rally, click here.

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Kids co-pilot super cars in third annual ‘Okanagan Dream Rally’ – Aug 27, 2018

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