Lamberts plan SOS for VSAR annual fundraiser. (Contributed)

Okanagan family gives back to Search and Rescue with fundraiser

Jody and Cheryl Lambert are organizing an annual golf tournament and a GoFundMe page to fundraiser for Vernon Search and Rescue.

On January 21, 2018, Brett Lambert, son of Jody and Cheryl Lambert, was snowmobiling in the Okanagan back country when he got separated from his group.

After he had been missing with no contact for two hours Vernon Search and Rescue were mobilized through the instruction of the local 9-1-1 dispatcher. He was missing throughout the night but was located soon the next day and was rescued by helicopter.

“You always hear about something like Search and Rescue and other volunteer groups but until it hits that close to home,” said Jody, as his wife finished his sentence. “You realize that the resource is needed to safely search for people,” said Cheryl. “The very next day, I thought we needed to do something.”

In an effort to give back, the Lamberts are organizing a golf tournament as a fundraiser called SOS (Supporting Our Searchers) for Vernon Search and Rescue.

“I felt the [acronym] S.O.S. was fitting for what we went through,” said Cheryl, who described the night as being an emotional roller-coaster. “It was the toughest night of our lives.”

Trevor Honigman, the public information officer for the Vernon SAR unit, said that they are grateful for any fundraising help as SAR work is made possible through efforts such as this.

“Search and Rescue is completely volunteer and we fundraise for all of our gear, our equipment and all of our training and we always need funds but with the number of people coming to Vernon and to the Okanagan in general, it increases the need for more vehicles, more personnel, more training to take care of more people who are getting injured and lost in the outdoors and in the wilderness,” he said.

“Telling the Lamberts that Brett was going to be brought home was a pivotal moment for them and the fundraiser that they’re putting together is just a way of them saying thank you to search and rescue, and it’s great.”

As spots in the tournament are limited, the couple has also begun a GoFundMe page.

“They’re local people who are giving their time and putting their lives at risk to a degree just because they want to help other people,” said Cheryl. “We want them to keep doing that and we need their services and we just want to support them in whatever they need to continue doing that for us. If we didn’t have them, I don’t know where a lot of our people would be, honestly.”

“I think it’s pretty obvious where a lot of them would be,” added Jody. “They wouldn’t be found.”

For more information or to donate, visit gofundme.com/f/sosvsar.

Related: Search crew, snowmobile club cooperation key for winter rescues

Related: Search and Rescue home sought

Related: Search and rescue seeks building funds

To report a typo, email:
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com
.


@VernonNews
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: weekend rain

Environment Canada forecasts continuing bad weather for the start of the weekend

New homes in Penticton for women and children leaving violence

The B.C. municipal affairs minister scheduled to be in Penticton Friday for new homes announcement

Spirits of missing and murdered felt along the Highway of Tears

A Penticton man is feeling the spirits of the missing and murdered women along the Highway of Tears

Eastside Road re-opened following repairs

Section of Eastside Road closed by the Ministry of Transportation is open after repairs.

Update: Administrative error results in do-over for South Okanagan dangerous offender’s trial

Ronald Arthur Teneycke will return to Penticton court on June 5 to start the process over

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

Princeton RCMP recover stolen homework and save the grade

It’s a slightly better excuse than “the dog ate my homework.” Earlier… Continue reading

New Summerland distillery has received recognition

Alchemist Distiller won audience choice award at recent competition

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Vancouver woman sexually assaulted after man follows her home; suspect at large

Police are looking for an Asian man in his 40s after the incident on Vancouver’s east side.

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parent’s cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

Rally for climate justice strikes Okanagan yet again

A handful of students were seen rallying in front of the Okanagan Science Centre

North Okanagan RCMP ready to arrest, for kids

Suspects sought for Jail & Bail Thursday, May 30

Grammatically incorrect tagging strikes Okanagan bylaw office

Anti-tag team will begin working next week to target such vandalism

Most Read