ROTHENBURGER: Tank the cat and other stories of Kamloops’ generosity

Tank the cat before her GoFundMe shave. (Image: Facebook)

IS IT ANY SURPRISE that Kamloops is the most generous city in Canada?

According to GoFundMe, Tournament Capital residents gave more per capita through the fundraising platform this past year than any other city in the country with populations of more than 50,000.

That’s impressive, especially since the top five were all in B.C., others being Victoria, Nanaimo, Chilliwack and Kelowna. Prince George was right up there, too, in seventh place.

Worldwide, Canada is in fourth spot, behind Ireland, the U.S., and Australia, ahead of the U.K. and several other European nations.

Kamloops is an amazing place when it comes to people helping each other. We’ve all known this for a long time, but we should pat ourselves on the back now and then.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011 and was a 2019 Commentator of the Year finalist in the Websters. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at

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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER: Tank the cat and other stories of Kamloops’ generosity

  1. We once had a cat named George that sat up and begged as did his sister.

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