Members of Estevan's Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs have been preparing for the Telemiracle 38 fundraiser, which will take place March 1 and 2 in Regina.
Local Kinette Susan Colbow, who sits on the provincial Telemiracle board and serves as the provincial education committee chair, said the local Kin club members will be hosting a pair of fundraisers. One will be a poker tournament on Saturday, February 15 at the Estevan Exhibition building.
The other is a rib night, although the date and location have yet to be finalized.
A golf tournament last year was among the fundraisers that have already happened for Telemiracle.
Eighteen to 20 members of the local Kin clubs will be travelling to Regina for Telemiracle, she said. They'll serve in different capacities: supervising the total board, answering phones and acting as messengers.
“A messenger runs around and takes people where they need to go, takes money to where it needs to go, picks up people and drops off letters,” said Colbow.
Telemiracle will begin at 9 p.m. on March 1 and continue until 5 p.m. on the 2nd. Last year's event raised more than $5.5 million for Saskatchewan people.
“There is a lot of money that goes to people in and around the community of Estevan,” said Colbow. “The money that is raised at Telemiracle goes for sending people to specialists and doctors appointments in and out of Saskatchewan.”
The Telemiracle Foundation will cover Saskatchewan residents' costs for transportation and accommodations if they can't afford them. Money raised through Telemiracle also pays for scooters for the elderly, the ill, the disabled or low-income residents. And it assists those who have to travel for dialysis, Colbow said.
Local Kin members aren't the only southeast residents who will be part of Telemiracle. Rebecca, William, and Rachel Duncan of Estevan are among the Saskatchewan talent selected to perform during the broadcast. Country music recording artists Brad Johner and the Johner Boys are part of the national cast.