Lloydminster digs deep for Telemiracle

By Kassidy Christensen

March 9, 2017 11:17 AM

GENEROUS Michelle Jaindl, left, holds a giant check at Telemiracle 41 that displays Lloydminster's donation of over $38,000 towards the fundraising initiative. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Lloydminster donated in a huge way to an event that aims to help people through tough times.
The 20-hour Telemiracle 41 took place over March 4 and 5 at TCU Place in Saskatoon, and Lloydminster Kinsmen and Kinettes donated more than $38,000 to the cause.
The funds raised were from the Kinette’s Telemiracle Steak Night, the Lloydminster & District Co-op—that sold the Telemiracle Helping Hands in their store— Saint Joseph’s Elementary School, École St. Thomas Elementary,  Neilburg Composite School and Coolidge Hearing, explained Michelle Jaindl, past president of the Kinette Club of Lloydminster.
Jaindl, who attended Telemiracle 41, said it was a great experience.
“It was my fifth year at Telemiracle, so every year it’s just amazing to just be there and be involved with such a great show,” Jaindl said.
More than $5 million dollars was raised at Telemiracle 41—which hosted roughly 600 Kinsmen and Kinettes, a 100 people production crew, national cast and committee—and all funds go towards the Telemiracle Foundation Board and their goal of providing money to people in Saskatchewan.
“They accept applications from people within Saskatchewan who need help with things like travel, accommodation and meals or travelling from medical appointments, or they need some medical equipment, things that aren’t covered by the government or otherwise they just can’t afford to purchase on their own,” Jaindl said.
Jaindl said people in need file applications to receive funds, which are reviewed monthly by the Foundation.
“They usually review about 1000 applications every year,” Jaindl said.
“The need is definitely increased over the years and so we’re giving millions of dollars back to the province every year just to help them with those expenses.”
The Telemiracle 41 Chair, Lloydminster’s own Darcy Wildeman, and Kinsmen of 18 years, said the whole weekend was outstanding for him.
“I’m glad that the economy (considering) the way things are that the people of Saskatchewan stepped up and dug as deep as they possibly could into their pockets to help out people that really need the money,” Wildeman said, adding he was very proud of the province of Saskatchewan and all its Kinsmen and Kinette clubs.
Wildeman sat on the Telemiracle committee for six years prior and said moving up to chair as the next logical step.
Summing up the weekend, Wildeman said he was honoured and it was an amazing, emotional whirlwind of ups and downs.
“So hard to put into words the feelings and emotions that are running right now on the way home, it’s unbelievable,” he said.
Wildeman wanted to extend a thank you to the people of Saskatchewan and the local and Lloydminster clubs for standing behind him and supporting him during his year away from the club.

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