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Cat walk The Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) holds a day of family friendly festivities for its second annual Walk for the Kitties festival and walkathon at Jericho Beach on Sunday, Aug. 21.

Cat walk

The Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) holds a day of family friendly festivities for its second annual Walk for the Kitties festival and walkathon at Jericho Beach on Sunday, Aug. 21. Participants can pre-register and download pledge forms online at vokra.ca. The Walk for the Kitties festival and walkathon is a key fundraising event for VOKRAa no-kill, non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. Run by volunteers, VOKRA relies on community donations and adoption fees to pay for food, litter, and medical bills for the abandoned cats and kittens it rescues. The festival begins at 10 a.m. with a 10-kilometre walkathon along Jericho Beach. Participant registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Jericho Sailing Club. After the walkathon, attendees can meet VOKRA cats and participate in games, contests, face painting, raffles, food, and live music. Prizes will be awarded to the top two pledge-drivers.

Voices needed

Love to sing? This fall, add your voice to The Maple Leaf Singers, a unique six-part harmony show chorus. Members from all over Metro Vancouver practice weekly and perform at a variety of events. All welcome to audition; first sopranos particularly needed. Call Anne Baird at 604-922-9827 or email information@maple-leaf-singers.com. Learn more about The Maple Leaf Singers at maple-leaf-singers.com.

Stem cell café

More than 940 Canadians are searching for a stem cell match to help with diseases such as lymphoma. More young donors from different ethnic communities are needed because patients best chances of finding a match are within their own ethnic group. Stem cells from younger donors have consistently shown better results in patients post-transplant. Fewer than 30 per cent of patients will find a compatible donor from a family member. Canadian Blood Services has partnered with OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network to host the OneMatch Internet Café at the Hellenic Community Centre, Aug. 24. The evening will include online registration stations, music by the Yaletown String Quartet, Musiki Parea and George Yioldassis, presentations and refreshments. The café runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at 4500 Arbutus St. Donors can register their stem cells online at www.onematch.ca. Ninety per cent of all stem cell donations are given in the same way you donate blood.