Yet again, Saskatchewanians stayed true to their giving nature this holiday season by requesting Christmas carols and opening their wallets for a good cause.
The 28th annual MS Musical Christmas Card fundraiser for multiple sclerosis met their goal of raising more than $15,000 this December.
Justin Woloshin, a long-tome MS Society volunteer, said the money raised truly goes towards making a difference in peoples’ lives.
“(The money raised) goes to a lot of places,” explained Woloshin. “It goes to research, it goes to local families who are struggling — there’s people out there who have MS, who can’t quite pay for their bills — so this will help them too.”
Woloshin said the most nerve-racking point this year was an hour before the fundraiser ended, when they were more than $5,000 under what they had hoped to raise.
But, thanks to the help of some generous Saskatchewan people and groups — they were able to come out strong and achieve their goal.
Woloshin credits the swift fundraising to the local live musicians playing the Christmas carol requests, which he said motivates people to give back.
Don Young has been wrangling the local Saskatchewan-bred musicians, who play the Christmas carol requests live on the final day of the fundraiser, for 26 years.
Young says he — along with the rest of his team of musicians — are honoured to play for the cause because it encourages people to donate.
“Whatever we can do to help (people with MS) along, it’s always our pleasure,” said Young.
While 620 CKRM’s Musical Christmas Card may be over for another year, the donations are welcome year-round.