Telemiracle weekend is here, and it’s going to look a little different than people are used to.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 45th annual telethon will take place in an empty auditorium, with many acts having pre-recorded their performances.
National Cast member Chris Henderson says, despite the circumstances, people can expect another great event.
“There’ll be a bit of a buzz that won’t be there compared to other years, just with the amount of people that are buzzing around, and the crowd shots to see all the people that are there supporting,” said Henderson. “They’ve done such a great job of pre-recording these performances and keeping people safe. The biggest difference might be that you’ll see some of us hosting in masks at times, but if you didn’t tell folks otherwise, they might not notice a difference watching it.”
Henderson says it’s important to host Telemiracle during these difficult times, because the money raised might be more important now than it ever has been.
“I think now, more than ever, there’s people that are in need of a little bit of help, so for those that have a little extra, I never cease to be amazed by what Saskatchewan can pull off,” said Henderson. “Even with this year, and everything that’s gone on, I’m confident that we’re going to be really excited about the total at the end of the weekend, and that we’re going to be able to help a lot of people.”
Heading into his sixth year of hosting the telethon, Henderson says he’s always excited to see the generosity of people in the province.
“I always call it my annual opportunity to renew my faith in humanity, and at a time when it’s been a difficult year, just seeing the people come through every year, it just gives you a belief in the goodness of humans,” said Henderson. “I always leave there on the Sunday just beaming, and kind of feeling good about the world, and that’s probably the thing I look forward to the most.”
The 45th edition of Telemiracle starts Saturday at 9:00 pm, with the kickoff show starting at 6:15 pm. As has been th case since the first Telemiracle, you can watch it on either CTV Regina or CTV Saskatoon.