The United Way Estevan's board is making the final preparations for its annual telethon.
The 33-hour fundraiser will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 18, and continue until 5 p.m. on October 19. The event will emanate from the Estevan Royal Canadian Legion, and it will air live on Access Channel 7.
This year's goal is $350,000, and the theme is “Be the Difference.”
There will be entertainment throughout the telethon, with school students performing in the opening hours; and singers, dancers, individuals and groups showcasing their talents during the rest of the production.
Many of the entertainers will be perennial favourites. But there will be new performers, including the Estevan Sikh Society and Filipino singers the Third Town Band, both of whom will perform in the evening of the 18th.
“ECS (Estevan Comprehensive School) students will provide entertainment throughout the night,” the United Way stated in a press release.
Local country gospel group The Daae Family will close out the telethon.
Interviews with member agencies and community partners – who receive funds raised during the telethon – will happen throughout the event.
A quilt will be raffled off, and homemade bid items will be sold through a silent auction. The quilt is a bright, colourful and patterned, and it was donated by the Heart and Hands Quilting Guild.
Numerous items have already been donated for the bid table, and the United Way is looking for more.
Supporters are encouraged to phone in pledges during the telethon, or to drop by the Legion Hall to make a donation.
Estevan's United Way has been the first in Canada to reach its goal 36 times during the telethon's 37-year history, and they have reached their objective every year during the telethon.