Bass Coast Festival raises over $ 15,000 for Merritt flood victims – Kelowna Capital News


Merritt on Monday, November 15, following a torrential downpour for several hours, triggering flooding and evacuation orders. (photo by Bailee Allen)

Bass Coast Festival Raises Over $ 15,000 For Merritt Flood Victims

The festival usually takes place on the traditional and ancestral territories of the Nłeʔkepmx and Syilx

A 13-year-old music festival in the shared traditional and ancestral territories of the Nłeʔkepmx and Syilx, also known as Merritt, brings together fans and artists for a collaborative cause: raising funds for flood victims in British Columbia.

On November 23, Bass Coast called on its festival-goer community to help raise funds for those in need after more than 7,000 residents were rushed from their homes around Merritt due to rising waters.

Many residents are still staying out of their homes, and a larger atmospheric riverine event is expected to occur Monday evening and Tuesday.

Since Bass Coast launched the appeal for help, $ 22,000 has been raised thanks to the festival team who donated $ 5,000 to get the ball rolling.

“Funds raised will be distributed to the community with a focus on helping local indigenous communities and those most affected by the floods,” Bass Coast said.

Now the festival is looking for a new goal of $ 22,000, the inspired amount of the year 2022 and the return of Bass Coast after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

To help Merritt and surrounding Indigenous communities recover from the flooding, click here.

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