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So it's that time of year again, time to Boogie!

What is Boogie the Bridge? Why is it so important to our community?

I think it's a fair statement to say that almost every Kamloopian has heard about Boogie the Bridge. But what is this event and why is it such a big deal in our town? I wasn't sure myself, so I did a little digging. Here's what I found.

Since 1998, the Boogie the Bridge event has been raising funds for local Kamloops charities. Starting with just 62 participants, this event has grown in leaps and bounds to become Kamloops’ largest community event and in 2013, had a staggering 2464 participants.

This year, the Boogie will raise funds for Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Youth Clubhouse and the Family Tree Family Centre. 

A little about these charities:

CMHA Youth Clubhouse:

The Youth Clubhouse started in the spring of 2004 with the doors open to all youth between the ages of 13 and 18. This safe, non-judgmental, drug and alcohol free environment provides opportunities for youth both in The Clubhouse and in the community. Youth are encouraged to take an active role in the development and promotion of clubhouse activities. Through these activities, youth members of the Clubhouse will have the opportunity to learn how to make decisions, compromise, listen, and resolve conflict.

For more information, visit: www.kamloops.cmha.bc.ca

Family Tree Family Centre:

Our vision is a community where families have the support and personal capacity to overcome life’s challenges and reach their desired potential.  At our Family Tree Family Centre, families enjoy a warm and respectful environment where they find support in each other, in visiting professionals, and in the caring staff who understand how to connect people with the help they need.  

For more information visit: www.kfrs.ca

There's no doubt that Boogie the Bridge is a huge deal in Kamloops and that this event will be instrumental in the development of these two very deserving local non-profits. So on April 27th, lace up your shoes, get yourself downtown, and walk, run or roll to show off your boogie.  (www.boogiethebridge.com)