ASSP hosting fundraiser on the heels of a harsh year for revenue

The fundraiser will raise money through a raffle contest and fit its students with second hand gear

ASSP instructors at the Top of the World. Photo provided.

Adaptive Sports Sun Peaks (ASSP) is hosting a fundraiser to help offset financial impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to program manager Nicolas Riopel.

“Over the past year, it was necessary for us to dip into our long-term building fund to cover the loss of revenue and extra expenses,” Riopel said.

To meet its $10,000 fundraising goal, ASSP is hosting an online raffle with ticket prices set at $2 a piece and sales limited to 2,500 total tickets, meaning higher chances of winning for participants. 

Raffle tickets, which are already 10 per cent sold after only one day of being available, can be purchased at the link here.

ASSP will also be accepting second hand winter gear donations to outfit its students. The rest of the gear will be sold through a ski swap event in the fall with proceeds going to the organization.

Winter gear donations can be dropped off at either the Sun Peaks Grand Residences entrance or the parking lot of the Cascade Casino in Kamloops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 10.

If successful, ASSP will use the funds to train its volunteers who need specific training to instruct skiers and snowboarders with physical and cognitive disabilities. Other money from the fundraiser will be used to buy specialty equipment such as the new sit-ski purchased last year.

Riopel said he is hopeful  once ASSP meets its fundraising goal, the organization will be back on track for funding a new home base in Sun Peaks.

The draw will happen on April 10 at 5:20 p.m. and prizes include one summer and one winter vacation package in Sun Peaks valued at $500 each and over $750 in additional prizes including a Crystal chairlift inspired clock, a photo session, coffee and gear.

Unsold gear from the swap will go to Consignor Sports in Kamloops and sales from the shop will go towards ASSP. Additionally, people can also donate money from gear they’ve sold at Consignor Sports to go directly towards ASSP.

Other ways that people can contribute to ASSP’s fundraiser is by donating the money they get back from refundable bottles and cans at any of the three General Grants recycle depot locations in Kamloops. 

People are also encouraged to make cash donations to ASSP with charitable receipts available. Cash donations (or raffle ticket purchases) can be made by clicking here.

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