There will be an Estevan-heavy influence on Telemiracle 42 as the uniquely Saskatchewan fundraiser returns this weekend in Regina.
For 20 consecutive hours on March 3rd and 4th, Kinsmen and Kinette club members from across the province will attempt to raise as much money as possible towards the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation. Every penny raised during the Telethon stays in the province to support those in need in Saskatchewan.
Over the years, many of those funds have contributed to both individuals and the community of Estevan. Leading up to Telemiracle 42, local Kinette member Susan Colbow and Estevan born-and-raised country artist Chris Henderson have embarked on a tour of the Energy City to see first-hand some of the impact Telemiracle donations.
"We're visiting the hospital and a couple of schools because some of the kids know what's going on, but some of them don't so it's good to get out there and make them aware so when they are older they can spread the word or apply for funding if they need it," states Susan Colbow, who is the Chairperson of Telemiracle 42.
"Telemiracle is a tremendous cause, and a lot of people in Estevan and the province are benefitting from it."
For Henderson, who is making his third appearance at Telemiracle as part of the National cast in 2018, the tour is providing an eye-opening experience.
"I felt very honoured ten years ago when I volunteered to be a performer, and to fast-forward years later being asked to be a part of the national cast, host and go around doing things like we're doing today, I can't think of an organization I'd rather be involved in." expressed Henderson.
By the end of the day on Monday, Susan and Chris will have visited the students at Westview School and Hillcrest School, as well as the St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan.