Two Quesnel-based organizations are sharing more than $42,000 in the latest round of provincial gaming grants to support the delivery of local programs.

The Quesnel SkyFest Society is receiving $40,000 to increase SkyFest and Aviation awareness and education. The North Cariboo Gymkhana Society is benefiting from $2,100 towards their Gymnkhana Program.

“Quesnel Skyfest Society stages an international airshow in Quesnel every second year with the specific goal of being a low-cost, family oriented week-end meant to raise awareness, understanding and the sheer excitement of flight,” said Betsy van Halderen, Secretary and Volunteer Co-ordinator. “In the non-show years, we promote Quesnel as a destination or stopover for aviation enthusiasts of all kinds and sponsor opportunities for the community to interact with visiting pilots. We are also gathering information on the history of aviation in the Cariboo and will make this part of future events.”

“A key priority for our province is to strengthen arts and culture and encourage participation in sport and active, healthy lifestyles by all British Columbians regarding of age, background or ability,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “Quesnel is a vibrant and creative community that is so rich in talent and I am pleased this funding will continue to support this by increasing awareness and education.”

The Community Gaming Grants to these two organizations were made possible through the Sports and Arts and Culture intake. Grants through this intake go towards programs that contribute to the quality of life in a community, including assisting the disadvantaged or distressed, promoting health, or enhancing opportunities for youth.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit over 5,000 local organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.