Kinsmen of Prince Albert to hold Telemiracle fundraiser

Jason Kerr
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The 38th annual Kinsmen Telemiracle pledge drive is this weekend and the Kinsmen Club of Prince Albert is hoping to raise some money to help out.

The group is holding their annual pancake breakfast Friday morning and their Telemiracle Cabaret Friday night.  All of the funds raised from the events will go directly to Telemiracle.

“I know for a fact that a lot of Telemiracle dollars have come back to support local people here in P.A.,” club vice-president Charles Reid says, citing the new track lifts at Mont St. Joseph’s that were paid for with Telemiracle funds.  “Telemiracle fundraising is not just helping somebody in a far-off land.  It’s really local and it’s improving our community, as well as the greater Saskatchewan community.”

Of the two events the cabaret is the newest, having started three years ago.  Last year it raised just under $10,000 for the foundation.

“It’s for a great cause, but we’re also promoting a fun and safe atmosphere,” Reid says.  “We want people to drive safe.”

The pancake breakfast doesn’t raise as much money, but Reid says it’s become like a tradition in the community.  It’s been running for over 20 years.

“We get a lot of seniors out, bringing in their smaller donations that they’ve worked together towards in their different homes,” Reid says.  “That’s really kind of a cool event.”

These are the final two fundraising events in Prince Albert before Telemiracle 38 kicks off this weekend in Regina.  Previously the club organized a Raiders Night fundraiser in conjunction with Prince Albert’s junior hockey club.  Reid says they’ve had great crowds before, and are hoping for more of the same.

“We’re very thankful, actually, for all the support that we do get in the community.”

The pancake breakfast runs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday at Humpty’s Family Restaurant.  The cost is $5.

The Telemiracle cabaret goes from 9 p.m. on Friday to 2 a.m. on Saturday at the Art Hauser Centre.  Advanced tickets cost $20 and are available at Harold’s Family Foods, Broker’s Active Care Klinic, Novus Salon, A Step Up Salon and Goodwin Financial Solutions.  Tickets are $25 at the door.

Telemiracle has raised more than $80 million for Saskatchewan residents since it began in 1977.  CTV will broadcast the show live from the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, starting at 9 p.m. on March 1.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Art Hauser Centre, Goodwin Financial Solutions CTV Conexus Arts Centre

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Regina

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