Kinsmen Telemiracle set to kick off 44th year

The Conexus Arts Centre will be busy hosting the 44th edition of Telemiracle this weekend.

The annual 20-hour-telethon, featuring Saskatchewan grown talent, is aimed at raising money to help cover unforeseen medical expenses for people in Saskatchewan.

Jesse Shkuratoff, Chair of the Telemiracle 44 committee is excited to kick off this year’s event.

‘We’re really excited to get it on the air, there’s going to be so much talent there, and so many giving people to our cause,” said Shkuratoff.

Even though Telemiracle has been going on for over 40 years, Shkuratoff says that the support of people in the province is unwavering.

“It’s wonderful to see all the support that we get from all over the province,” said Shkuratoff. “People trust that the money is going to be spent well and we really appreciate that. Our donors are so generous.”

This year’s telethon will feature Telemiracle staples like Beverly Mahood, Brad Johner and The Johner Boys, Jeffery Straker, and Chris Henderson.

Some new faces including the Good Brothers, and a classic rock band named Toque, will be joining the cast this year.

Long time host Beverley Mahood says that the people and the heart of the province that keeps her coming back to Telemiracle year after year.

“It’s overwhelming to me, there’s no other province that’s like this, or reacts like this, or gets together to support one another just to make each other’s lives better,” said Mahood. “When you see where the money goes, it’s pretty unbelievable.”

Mahood, who is set to appear on her 24th Telemiracle, is excited for this year’s event.

“We come here with one goal, and that’s to raise as much money as we can for the people of Saskatchewan,” said Mahood. “To know that every dollar is used, and we need to do it again and that’s why it’s Telemiracle 44.”

The 20-hour-long telethon starts officially at 9:00 pm on Saturday night, but there is a pre-show that starts at 6:15 pm on Saturday on Telemiracle’s Youtube page.

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