The silent auction and pancake breakfast in Keremeos last week, along with other fundraising efforts by businesses in Keremeos and Penticton, raised $8,800 for David Waugh. The Keremeos resident has kidney failure and must undergo kidney transplant surgery. (Contributed)

‘The community really came together’: Fundraiser for David Waugh raises $8,800

‘He was happily overwhelmed,’ says friend and organizer Jasmine Anderson

The organizers of Keremeos resident David Waugh’s fundraiser dinner and pancake breakfast are thanking the community for supporting the cause.

In total, with roughly 45 businesses helping out from Keremeos and Penticton, the silent auction dinner and pancake breakfast at the end of September raised $8,800.

READ MORE: Friends of Keremeos’ David Waugh organizing fundraiser, pancake breakfast to help with kidney transplant

“He was so overwhelmed. Everyone showed up at the dinner and it was a really good night. At the dinner itself, he knew everyone personally. That was really cool. The next day at the dunk tank, it was mostly the families that knew him that had kids so all the kids came out and some of our own kids jumped in the dunk tank,” said organizer and friend, Jasmine Anderson. “He was happily overwhelmed,”

All the items up for sale at the silent auction at the Branding Iron Pub were sold, she said.

“The firefighters put on an amazing breakfast and the dunk tank made quite a lot of money,” she said.

Waugh, who has been dealing with health issues for the past 10 years, recently learned he has kidney failure and must undergo kidney transplant surgery.

“Now, he’s waiting for a donor,” Anderson said, adding he is training for home dialysis. “It’s just a waiting game for doctor’s appointments and check ups to make sure everything is working properly. Fingers crossed that he gets a donor soon.”

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Businesses from Keremeos contributed, including Home Hardware, Hilltop Esso, Emmy’s Bake Shop, Corcelettes Estate Winery and Crowsnest Vineyard. From Penticton, Valley Hemp, Booster Juice and many others helped out with either money or gifts to sell at the auction.

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