A Kelowna neighborhood has mobilized to prepare a gift basket for a local business tagged with racist graffiti.
Danielle Kozek, a real estate agent at Royal Lepage Kelowna, posted on Facebook asking for donations from the community to put together a gift basket for the owner and staff at Bon Ga, a local Korean restaurant on Glenmore Road. Bon Ga was vandalized on October 30 with swastikas, profanity and racist messages, which sparked an RCMP investigation into the incident.
The gift basket was delivered on Friday, November 6, with the help of local children, families and business owners.
âChocolates, wine, coffee, candles, T-shirts, gift cards galore and the list goes on. Almost 50 cards and the best, I have to say, were kids. We had guides, Watson Road and Glenmore Elementary classrooms and lots of local kids attended, âKozek wrote in a Facebook post.
Dozens of community members commented on messages of support on Kozek’s post, praising the community for standing up against the racist act.
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran also spoke out against the incident.
âThis kind of heinous vandalism is taken very seriously by the police and by the city of Kelowna,â he said. âOn behalf of the entire community, I express our dismay at this disgusting display of ignorance. This despicable act, however, provides an opportunity for us all to unite and show that a mean person with a container of spray paint does not represent our community.