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REPORTING · 19th October 2010
Walter McFarlane
The Aluminum City Telethon (ACT) took place on Sunday, October 17th beginning at 11:00 in the morning and ending at 9 in the evening. The telethon was once again, a showcase of the local talent from Kitimat as the community came out in the hour of need to support many cornerstone services in the community.

“It’s great to have Monique back, all of our co hosts worked really well. Everybody just pitched in,” said Margaret Warcup who chaired the organization of this year’s extravaganza.

Donations came in through out the day. Notable donations included Overwaitea who raised $1,330 through activities including the raffling off of a Playstation 3. The winner of the PS3 was Gary Carrier. The CAW 2301 donated $1,500 and Methenex donated $2,000. Rio Tinto Alcan donated $3,000 and went right to work on their phone panels raising an additional $5,000.

“The donations have been awesome. Everybody has come forward and given what they can. It was excellent to have Channel Ten and the Kitimat Daily Online and the number of people who donated from out of town was great in terms of supporting Kitimat and showing that we’re a community that cares,” said Warcup.

There were prizes through out the night. Hailey Murdoch won the cake donated by Ed’s Bakeshop. The cake raffle itself raised $645 for the Telethon.

The first total of the day was $4030. After a magical performance by Edwin Empinado, the total had doubled to $8,740. The total jumped again to $19,910 and then progressed through the twenty thousands and then into the thirty thousands during the final hour. During the finally the numbers changed quickly from $36,308 to the final total of the night, $40,780.

“It’s gone great. The people who have volunteered have been phenomenal, people stepped up and had fun doing this and we made this happen and everyone’s had an enjoyable day. It’s been excellent,” said Warcup.

With this Telethon out of the way, the next step is to move a new constitution and set of bylaws so they meet the requirements to operate as a Community Foundation. After which, the foundation will meet with Terrace, Prince Rupert and create a Northwest Corridor organization so the foundation can get the best funding they can. NDI (Northern Development Trust) has indicated they might match the amount raised, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. This means the new Community Foundation rising out of ACT (the Aluminum City Telethon) may have over $80,000 to assist the community of Kitimat this year.

This year, the Aluminum City Telethon was streamed live over the Kitimat Daily and Terrace Daily websites. Donations came in from all across BC and Canada and it was even reported to us a viewer from Spain donated.

Near the end of the Telethon, there was an average of 80 people in the chat room with many coming and going and there were over 100 people watching in the middle of the afternoon. Special thanks to Danny Nunes of Matthew Mask Productions who helped us bring the Telethon across the world.