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Kitimat telethon set to captivate and entertain this Sunday

Annual variety show will feature Juno-winning performer Norman Foote as main act

The Annual Community Telethon (ACT), a beacon of local philanthropy and community spirit, is gearing up for its latest rendition this Sunday, Oct 15. The event promises an abundant mix of entertainment, food and community engagement, all in the spirit of bolstering local causes and ensuring long-term community resilience.

“This is something that people really appreciate and support,” said Sanne Hogenbirk, this year’s telethon coordinator. “Similarly, this is true with the businesses that step forward each year too, because everyone knows the money goes to a lot of good local causes.”

This year, the telethon is especially thrilled to feature Juno Award winner Norman Foote as the main act. Foote is renowned for his engaging musical and comedic conversations, intertwining songs, storytelling, and a flurry of “props with an attitude.”

An array of back-to-back performances from local artists are also ready to take the stage.

Food vendors, a kids’ zone, and a cake draw are again on the roster, as is a special coloring contest for the little ones during Foote’s performance times to add some youthful creativity to the occasion.

This year organizers are pushing to raise $100,000 for a variety of local organizations and programs.

Since its inception in 1979, ACT has been a pillar of support in the community. Its transformation into the Kitimat Community Foundation in 2011 marked a significant evolution, allowing for enhanced community support through expanded fund-matching abilities.

Last year, the foundation disbursed a generous spread of grants to causes ranging from environmental understanding to women’s support services and community development. Grantees included Kitimat Marine Rescue Society, Northern Adapted Sports Association, and Tamitik Status of Women, among others, further cementing the telethon’s place in the community fabric.

In a blend of entertainment and empathy, the telethon continues its legacy, reinforcing Kitimat as a “strong and resilient place to live, work and play.”

Hogenbirk, a newcomer to Kitimat, has joined the team with a fresh perspective and was moved by the community’s commitment. “I joined only about five or six months ago when they were looking for someone to coordinate it, and I’m indeed impressed by how many hours are put in by all these volunteers who come together. It’s such a big thing. People really want to donate, big or small. Everybody chips in.”

The telethon will take place this Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Mount Elizabeth Theatre from noon to 8 p.m.

A live stream will be available for those who can’t attend in person.

For those wishing to donate outside the telethon’s hours, click here.

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