Smiles all round as some of the recipients receive funds generated by the telethon. (Photo Gerry Leibel)

Community organizations receive telethon funding

Last year’s event raised over $108,000

Some of the recipients of funding from the 2018 Kitimat Telethon gathered at the Delta King Place to receive their cheques – it just so happened it was also Friday, March 15, just before St. Patrick’s Day, so the theme was green!

Kitimat Community Foundation president Sarina Germuth said the telethon, in its 39th year, raised $145,000 during the event, with the total grants handed out for 2019 at $108,793.81.

“The funding goes to well deserving organizations within our community to provide assistance towards beneficial programs meeting the criteria presented,” said Germuth.

“The grant money is raised with incredible support from local and area residents, businesses, as well as those from out of town. Both from the donations and volunteers aspects the telethon has been a proven success for the past 39 years. The support from everyone is truly inspiring.”

The recipients were as follows:

Tamitik Status of Women – $21,600 – supplies for Angel Tree, baby needs, hygiene, furniture, food, school supplies, and recreation passes

Special Olympics – B.C., Kitimat –$5,000 – rental fees at Kitimat sports facilities and sports equipment necessary for athletes to participate in their sport

Kitimat Marine Rescue Society – $10,000 – purchase of safety gear and tracking device for water rescues

Kitimat Museum & Archives – $5,189 – Supplies and support for the Museum in the Classroom Art Workshops and Museum Explorer Program and contribution to the installation of the Delta King Exhibit

Kitimat Community Services Society – $7,421 – equipment and items for activities for the resource area for job searching, Adult Literacy and the Victim Services programs

Kitimat Community Development Centre – $40,783.81 – Equipment for the Stepping Stones Daycare, children’s nutrition program for the Kid’s Place and Kildala Pre-schools/Aftercare program as well as fees for attending community activities. Tools, equipment and resources for the Speech-Language Pathology, Infant development, Pre-natal/Healthy Babies and Building Blocks Programs. Also a sanitizing dishwasher for the Centre

Kitimat Arts for Youth – $8,800 – contribution towards Music & Munchies Band Workshop 2019 and KAFY Beyond Band Week early in 2020, instrument purchase and repair for the Kitimat Band Program and Theatre Camp 2019

Kitimat Understanding the Environment – $10,000 – public education campaign to promote and encourage recycling and educate how to properly maintain household compost.

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