Susan Colbow is marvelling at the generosity of Saskatchewan people once again.
Colbow is an Estevan Kinette Club member who sits on the provincial board for the Kinsmen and Kinettes' Telemiracle Foundation. The foundation now has a lot more money to work with, after the Telemiracle 38 fundraiser fetched more than $5.28 million over the course of 20 hours on March 1 and 2.
“It always surprises me how much we can raise,” Colbow told Lifestyles. “The amount of money people will donate is just amazing.”
Colbow cited the example of one family that received money from Telemiracle two years ago when their daughter was two years old.
“She raised $2,000 to give back to Telemiracle because we helped her out,” said Colbow.
Not only did Saskatchewan residents donate to Telemiracle, but Colbow said they received support from a lot of former Saskatchewan residents.
“It's such a fell-good weekend,” said Colbow. “What you see, how people give, how much people receive, and even the bequests from people that have passed away – whether they benefitted with money from Telemiracle, or if they thought it was such a good charity they would give in their will when they passed away – (is incredible).”
Sixteen members of Estevan's Kinsmen and Kinettes travelled to Telemiracle. The local contingent largely answered phones, but some served as messengers or worked security.
They weren't the only local residents at the fundraiser. Rebecca, William and Rachel Duncan of Estevan sang for the audience. Their mother, Margaret, accompanied them on the piano.
“I was doing tote boards (when they performed), so I was off stage right, and they did wonderful,” said Colbow. “Everybody really, really enjoyed them. It was a really good performance. People were in awe of how young they were and how good they were.”
The Duncans were among the many Saskatchewan-based entertainers who performed at Telemiracle. There were also big-name entertainers from Saskatchewan and abroad, including Bob McGrath of Sesame Street, who has been at the last 37 Telemiracle broadcasts.
Money that is raised at Telemiracle is directed towards the medical needs of Saskatchewan residents. Colbow said beneficiaries are often people who need equipment, such as a scooter, or they need help with expenses when they have to leave home for their medical needs.