Submitted by the Kinette Club of Assiniboia
Small towns in Saskatchewan are about community. Each and every year, this becomes apparent when the total raised at Telemiracle surpasses millions - all donated by people in or from Saskatchewan to help others in Saskatchewan.
This year was Telemiracle’s 45th show. Throughout the annual 20-hour telethon, which aired on CTV Saskatchewan and online at Telemiracle.com, a multitude of performers, corporate sponsors and Kin clubs from across the province presented collections of funds raised for the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation during the annual event. These funds will be used to provide assistance to Saskatchewan people or organizations in need.
The Foundation, as it is aptly called by Kinsmen and Kinettes, disperse the funds through an established application process, governed and determined by a Kin board of directors from across the province.
Although the show itself was different this year because of COVID restrictions and guidelines, the Telemiracle organizing committee and producers were able to find a way to make it happen.
Attendance by Assiniboia Kinsmen and Kinettes was reduced to five, much less than the average of 20 or so that have attended in past years. The Assiniboia Kinettes were able to deliver an outstanding community donation, surpassing much larger centres such as Melville and Yorkton.
The Kinettes presented $33,683.29 comprised of donations from Eastside Court, Assiniboia Elementary School, Assiniboia 7th Avenue School, Mossbank School, The Station Spin Studio in Rockglen and Stride Spin Studio in Assiniboia. Lisa Martin and Cecette Brons Rhodes were on-air on Sunday Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.
Jordan Engstrom from Assiniboia, one of the local performers from the area, attended virtually to speak to the show hosts followed by a pre-recorded performance.
Telemiracle 45 raised a total of $5,630,215.