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REPORTING · 20th September 2011
Walter McFarlane
The Aluminum City Telethon is up and coming. The date has been set for Sunday, October 16th. Things are on the move and Kitimat will be in for a spectacular show.

“We’ve had a couple of meetings and everyone is jumping into their thing. It’s been great. Louise Avery has been looking after all the acts to go into the show and she has quite a few booked but she’s looking for others. Wendy Kraft is leading the telethon committee to make it happen and the Kitimat Community Foundation Board is working away on our matching moneys,” said Margaret Warcup.

The money invested into the Telethon this year are going to go into the community foundation. Warcup explained community foundations have become popular of late, investing the money in their communities. The money remains an arms length from the politicians and people of the community get to decide how the money gets to be spent.

“The Kitimat community foundation is a member of community foundations of Canada. It can have health, education, social and sports funds underneath it. It can have a filmily fund, you can donate in your families name and tell them you want it to go to arts in the community. You can want it to go to special needs. Whatever your like is. There is a lot of flexibility as to how you can donate your money and it stays invested, grows and keeps the community healthy,” said Warcup.

The Kitimat Community Foundation has been completely set up as a non profit society. They have looked into how to invest the money the best to make it work for the community and will be working with the Prince George Community Foundation who did the best in the previous year.

By going through the community foundation, the money they raise will go directly to the services through flow through funds. Other money will be invested so they will have money for use in their future.

She suspected they would have there matching moneys completed by November. They will also be going to the Service Clubs and City Council so they would be able to match the entire $50,000 in a single year. If not, they will do the rest of it next year.

While the Telethon is the primary fundraiser for the Community Foundation, the money will be earmarked, as it has traditionally been, for the non profit social service organization in town.