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REPORTING · 23rd October 2013
Walter McFarlane
The Aluminium City Telethon went on the air at 11:00 am on Sunday, October 20th. The goal was to raise funds for the Kitimat Community Foundation, funding which will be spread out among non profit societies around the town.

On stage this year were Pat Mouland and Sally Sousa, two teachers who were approached to take over the hosting of the Telethon. With costume changes, challenges, co-hosts and much more throughout the day, they did a superb job.

As usual, the Telethon was a great showcase for Kitimat’s local talent. From dancing, singing, music and rock, there was always entertainment on stage. Edwin Empinado did his magic show, the Toastmasters provided speech arts and, as always, the Kitimat Dynamic Gymnastic’s Club packed the theatre for their performance.

Shortly after 1:00, the first Kids Corner of the day brought out a special guest, Barney the Dinosaur to an audience full of children. The final performance, Swampwater concluded the day with an almost empty theatre.

Donations came in throughout the day. A few notable donations included money from a pair of teams from Alcan’s Modernization Project. Each team gave $2000 to the Telethon. Enbridge Northern Gateway donated $2500. Unifor donated $1500. Mayor Joanne Monaghan gave a donation of $1000 and (unknowingly) won the services of one of Kitimat’s Fire Fighters, Mark Zielinski, to clean her house.

Rather than take advantage of the opportunity, Monaghan told us she is donating this prize to Social Services so someone who is unable to maintain their house can use it. Other prizes were offered throughout the day as well. Notably, the winner of the cake raffle was Charlotte Camish. This year’s raffle raised $1284.

Margaret Irwin thanked the Ed and Angelo from Eds Bakeshop who donated the cake to the Telethon for 32 years. This year, because the Bakeshop closed last Christmas, the cake was provided by Overwaitea Foods. This year’s top seller was Len Irwin who we were told did excellent work making those tickets sell.

The first total went up at $3,436. After Empinado’s magic show, the total had jumped by over $10,000. At 7:30, the total became $24,354. The final total of the evening was $47,207 but there was still more money and more accounting to complete it. The final total will be posted when we receive it.