The Kinsmen Foundation – Saskatchewan’s Charity – announced today a pledge of $1 million dollars plus to invest in new health care equipment for the people of Saskatchewan. This pledge is possible due to the record-breaking total of more than $8 million raised at TeleMiracle 46 in 2022.
“Saskatchewan people are known for their generosity and last year, they came together to set an all-time TeleMiracle record,” says Kinsmen Foundation Chair Rob Bateman. “The impact of these donations means that the Kinsmen Foundation can make a special investment in new health care equipment across the province.”
“At TeleMiracle, we ask Saskatchewan residents to make a pledge to help their friends, neighbours and communities,” Bateman continues. “Today, we are excited to make a pledge back to the people of Saskatchewan that will improve health care in the province.”
“The partnership between philanthropy and healthcare means that we can do more to support innovation and the advancement of health system priorities,” says Arlene Wiks, Chairperson of Saskatchewan Health Authority Board of Directors. “We are grateful to have the Kinsmen Foundation as a valued health partner and we are so appreciative of the generous support of their many donors, the people of Saskatchewan.”
Saskatchewan-based health care foundations and facilities can submit their application to the Kinsmen Foundation until June 7, 2023. All requests of $50,000 or more will be reviewed at the Foundation’s June 24, 2023 Board of Directors meeting. Funded recipients will be notified and announced publicly the following week. An online application form and information about eligibility can be found at www.telemiracle.com.
“Providing help to individuals and families who need mobility equipment, or medical travel assistance, remains our first priority – and that funding will continue to be there for the people that need it,” declares Bateman. “The Kinsmen Foundation has always provided funding to health care facilities and foundations for new and innovative medical equipment, or equipment that improves access to health care around the province.”
A recent example of this type of funding was provided to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in Saskatoon for their da Vinci surgical robot. “The da Vinci Surgical Robot is an innovative technology that is already having a significant impact on our community,” says Lecina Hicke, SPH Foundation CEO, “and a phenomenal example of what we can achieve with the dedicated support of community leaders like the Kinsmen Foundation”.
“TeleMiracle is rooted in Saskatchewan and has been bringing the province together for 46 years and counting,” says Scott Lamb, Chair of TeleMiracle 47. “Today shows what is possible when folks rally around TeleMiracle in a big way. I encourage everyone to tune in this weekend and help make TeleMiracle 47 another huge success.”
TeleMiracle 47 kicks off with the “Countdown to TeleMiracle” pre-show, live-streamed at www.telemiracle.com starting at 6:15 pm this Saturday, February 25. The 20-hour broadcast on CTV starts with the Main Show at 9:00 p.m. that night and airing continuously until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 26. The entire telethon will also be live-streamed at TeleMiracle website. Viewers can tune in to “Ring Those Phones”, or make an online donation anytime at www.telemiracle.com.