Telemiracle is a 20-hour telethon that has raised over $116,000,000 over 41 years, more money per capita than any other telethon in the world. All the money raised at Telemiracle is spent in Saskatchewan helping the people of Saskatchewan.
The telethon is a highly anticipated event each spring and features a host of national performers and Saskatchewan talent. For visiting celebrities, it’s an opportunity to participate in an event that really does make miracles happen. For local performers, it’s a chance to support their friends, family and neighbours, and to perform on a big stage to the delight of a viewing audience that spans the province.
The money raised at Telemiracle provides resources to residents with specialized needs for medical assistance and equipment, such as:
- Specialty wheelchairs at a cost of $3,000 to $5,000 each;
- Wheelchair lifts worth $2,000 each;
- Scooters that average between $2,500 and $4,500 each;
- A trip to Edmonton for a child’s heart surgery valued at upwards of $10,000;
- "Talking Machines," at a cost of $10,000 each that enable people who are non-verbal to communicate with words; and
- Ceiling tracks, worth $1,000 to $4,000 each, to make a person with a disability mobile in their own home.
Throughout the year, Saskatchewan people of all ages with special needs apply to the Kinsmen Foundation for financial assistance. The resulting miracles are varied, but the goal is always the same – to have a direct, positive affect on each recipient’s quality of life.
The Kinsmen Foundation was established in 1971 to manage the money raised by Saskatchewan Kinsmen and Kinette clubs. It quickly became apparent that the demand for dollars exceeded the dollars that were available. As a result, the first Telemiracle was aired in 1977 to enable the Kinsmen and Kinettes to serve even more of their communities’ greatest needs.
Today, there are over 700 Kinsmen and Kinettes who volunteer countless hours of their time in various different ways to organize and put on the show. There are also approximately 125 production people who travel from across Saskatchewan to operate cameras, audio and lighting. Combine these with the thousands of Miracle Makers across the province who generously support Telemiracle with their kind donations and you have a success! The whole province shares in the great success of Telemiracle.