SASKTACHEWAN-- Saskatchewan residents may have received mail that reminds them the work of TeleMiracle is never done and that the 2024 show will take place in a matter of weeks, slated for Feb. 24-25 on CTV.
Foundation chair, Raylynn Nicholson, says it takes great consideration and collaboration for their board of nineteen Kinsmen and Kinette volunteers to make decisions on how TeleMiracle funding will be granted.
For instance, did you know that the average grant awarded from Kinsmen Foundation may include $550 for a walker or $6,465 for a wheelchair. Travel to Saskatoon for cancer treatment can be funded by a grant for $8,000 and a stair lift grant can be awarded for $9,680.
“Foundation also awarded some big grants this year including Battlefords Union Hospital for $50,000 towards new automated medication-dispensing units and significant funding totaling $1 million for the breast cancer screening bus that travels across the province,” says Foundation Chairperson Nicholson.
1074 miracles granted since TM 47
Since TeleMiracle 47, Kinsmen Foundation has granted 1074 miracles in 200 different Saskatchewan communities, thanks to generous donations from the people of this province and other supporters form outside of Saskatchewan.
Of those 1071, 243 were grants of emergency funding for urgent medical treatment. 92 grants were for lifts and ramps, while 467 were granted towards those in need of help to pay for travel for medical treatment. 95 miracle scooters were funded and 36 miracles were provided for health care facilities.
Richard Kies, executive director of Kinsmen Foundation, notes that every dollar that is received from TeleMiracle and year-round donations is put back into the province in the Kinsmen Foundation mandate of ”Helping People Every Day”.
In addition to the annual telethon, the foundation continues to promote that planned giving through your will can benefit this Saskatchewan charity.
Additionally, people might consider asking for memorial donations to TeleMiracle in lieu of flowers or product.
Whether its an office dress down day, designating your recyclables to TeleMiracle or simply passing around a bucket during a crowd sweep at a local hockey game, it all adds up to benefit the residents of Saskatchewan as every dollar raised for TeleMiracle stays in the province.
Some residents may choose to ensure their dollars are counting now and submitting them to the TeleMiracle office ahead of the show, while others like to be part of the live show excitement phoning in or bringing in their pledges and donations.
If anyone understands how the drought has affected farmers or how the inflationary effect on our economy has hurt the business people, it’s Saskatchewan people. But it is also Saskatchewan people who understand it’s part of the province’s culture to help out our neighbours and TeleMiracle is one of those give back opportunities that has not failed in 47 years.
TeleMiracle fundraisers will be heating up across the province as excitement ramps up for Saskatchewan’s only telethon fundraiser.