STURGIS - The Sturgis Kin Club's Mini-miracle 42 was once again held virtually with members answering phones, taking pledges and keeping a running total. A total of $17, 256 that was raised.
The club is hopeful that the annual Mini-miracle will be held in the usual manner with broadcasting live for next year’s event. “Through the generosity of the many we were able to present a donation to Telemiracle," stated Daniel Wasylenchuk, Sturgis Kin Club Mini-miracle chairperson.
The students from the Sturgis Composite School collected pledges for its annual walk-a-thon and skate-a-thon that was held March 1 and raised $4,250. During the year students were allowed to wear a hat on Fridays if they paid a dollar with $260 being raised. Staff were allowed to dress casual on Fridays if they paid a dollar and $740 was raised through that event. The Sturgis Composite School presented a cheque for $5,250 to the Sturgis Kin Club Mini-miracle that was broadcasted live on Facebook on March 3.
The Preeceville School raised donations of $1,348 for Mini-miracle.
The Kin Club sponsored a ham and perogie supper that was held March 1 and sold 110 plates, raising $1,254.
The annual hospital bed push that had taken a two-year break due to COVID was back on the road with some Preeceville Hospital staff accompanying the Preeceville School Grade 6 students and staff as they pushed a hospital bed down the highway from Preeceville to Sturgis, raising over $4,490 for Telemiracle.
Sturgis Kin Club Virtual Mini-miracle was broadcasting live on Facebook on March 3 with the local entertainment broadcasted. Club members answered phones, took personal pledges and donations on that day as well as prior to the event. Members who volunteered that evening of Mini-miracle were, Wasylenchuk, Lecia Chalupiak, Ashten Langille, Rhonda Olson, Cassidy Chernyk and Katherine Townsend.
The performers that were showcased that evening with pre-recorded performances included: Butch Vincente Pinaroc, Britney Jade, Laura Davis, Sherry Lesser, Simon Hanson and Della Clark with her son Leo Yacyshyn. The Sturgis Composite School elementary students also performed and presented their donation via a pre-recorded performance.
"This year was the 42nd year that we have hosted the mini-miracle," said Wasylenchuk, chairperson of Mini-miracle. "It was once again very different and we are very happy with all the support and great generousity we received despite not having the hype and energy that the event usually has when its it’s held with a live audience."
Wasylenchuk made the presentation to Telemiracle online on March 5.