Coming to Kamloops from Mumbai, India — also known as the city that never sleeps — wasn’t easy.
Mumbai is a city of 22-million hearts, where each heart was a part of different nuclear communities.
Landing in Kamloops as an international student, I was excited to be a part of a completely different and new world.
During my time as a student, it was surprising to me how Kamloops was one large community where people, businesses and organizations come together to support each other in different ways.
After graduating last October with a degree in marketing, I didn’t feel like leaving Kamloops as it was my time to pay back the Kamloops community for being so welcoming and accepting me as a individual.
As a working professional, I have time and energy I could spend giving back to the community.
I learned the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA is the charity that helps local communities live a healthy lifestyle in different ways every day.
Health isn’t a goal, it is a way of living — and I want to help families in Kamloops that aren’t living a healthy lifestyle due to various challenges.
With the help of Kamloops Y and Kamloops This Week, I am participating in the 2019 Y Strong Kids Campaign.
I am trying to contribute my time, energy and money, along with my KTW Press Time team and the Y, in a effort to collectively raise $100,000 for 1,000 kids, which would provide financial assistance to children and their families in our community, ensuring the Y is accessible to everyone.
Here is your chance to help us give every kid a chance to discover their potential by donating to the campaign.
You can contribute by donating online at Max Patel's Fundraising Page and also by participating in the following fundraisers:
• On Thursday, March 21, swing by the Fox’N Hounds Pub in Sahali Mall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for our Guilt-Free Burger. Choose from an animal-less burger, a beef burger or a chicken burger and half of the proceeds from every burger sold will go to the Y Strong Kids Challenge.
• On Wednesday, March 27, join our KTW Press Time team for dinner and silent auctions at the Commodore Grand Cafe and Lounge, 369 Victoria St. Tickets are $25, with proceeds going to Y Strong Kids. Call 778-471-7541 for tickets.
• On Saturday, March 30, get your car washed at City Centre Auto, 963 Victoria St., and have a hot dog while you wait. The car wash will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with all proceeds going to Y Strong Kids.
— Max Patel penned this sixth instalment for Press Time. Fellow members will chronicle their experiences in the Y Strong Kids Campaign in future print editions of KTW and online at kamloopsthisweek.com.