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The Telethon Crew and the final phone panel pose for the final shot of the evening.
REPORTING · 22nd October 2015
Walter McFarlane
On Sunday, October 18th, the Aluminum City Telethon took to the air for their 36th year, under the theme, Thanks for Giving. The goal was to raise a lot of money for the Kitimat Community Foundation and they raised an unverified total of: $115,631. This year’s host was Michelle Wakita who teamed up with a small army of co-hosts to make the show a success.

“What [the Telethon] does is it allows us to raise money for the Kitimat Community Foundation,” said Margaret Warcup. “We do flow through funding every year to those none profits societies that need help to do their services in Kitimat and we’re also saving for the future so we can look after the needs of our community.”

By three, the first total was on the board, $8,102, and the phones kept ringing. It didn’t take long to increase the total to 30,000 and then up to $41,000. At the start of the last hour, the total displayed was above $49,000. The final total of the night was $114,577 but money continued to come in.

During the day, there were several draws. Ken Demiris won two tickets to Vancouver from Hawkair, Heidi Madsen won this year’s Cake Raffle and Overwaitea Foods brought their own draw for a Hawkair Voucher which went to Erling Ingvallsen.

Talented individuals from Kitimat took to the stage and the entertainment was top notch, as always. Bands included Swamp Water, Reviver and Awaiting on Stars. Numerous talented singers, dancers and musicians also took to the stage. There were even demonstrations from the Kitimat Gymnastics Club and the Kitimat Karate Club.

In addition to the main show going on, there were several other attractions. Outside, the Grade 12 Car Wash raised $1001 washing cars and the Kidzone raised over $500 with their activities.

Rio Tinto donated $5000 and raised around $7500 on the phone panels. Chevron and Woodside donated $10,000. LNG Canada gave a major donation of $50,000 to the Telethon. One donation which came in was a donation for $5000 from Mihoko Wakita who is appreciative of all the community support over the past 58 years.

“We were honoured to support the Aluminum City Telethon for a third year in a row, and to help raise such an impressive amount of money for the Kitimat Community Foundation. At LNG Canada, we want to give back in ways that make a lasting, measurable and positive impact. By donating to the Kitimat Community Foundation through the telethon, we know that our dollars will reach the causes that matter most to the community,” said Daria Hasselmann, LNG Canada Social Investment Advisor.

“[With] the Kitimat Community Foundation, all the money stays in the community and it’s a great part of the community because it donates to all non-profit organizations,” said Sandra Bovingdon, who presented the cheque on behalf of Kitimat LNG, Chevron and Woodside.

“[The total] was absolutely wonderful. Kitimat was generous yet again. It was unbelievable,” said Michelle Wakita.

She thanked Kitimat and the Community Members who put this together. She thanked the talent who performed.

Did you miss this year’s Telethon and do you want to donate? You can still donate on the Kitimat Community Foundation Website and their Donate Now button.
LNG Canada gave a major donation of $50,000 to the Telethon.
LNG Canada gave a major donation of $50,000 to the Telethon.
 Chevron and Woodside donated $10,000.
Chevron and Woodside donated $10,000.
Swamp Water was the final act of the night
Swamp Water was the final act of the night
The MESS Grade 12 Class raised just over $1000 washing cars
The MESS Grade 12 Class raised just over $1000 washing cars