The Sturgis Kinsmen and Kinettes are preparing their 40th annual Mini-Miracle and organizers have said they have a full stage of talent lined up. The Sturgis Kinsmen and Kinettes, who are now renamed the Sturgis Kin Club, will be celebrating the 40th Mini-Miracle this year.
The annual Mini-Miracle is scheduled for March 5 at the Sturgis Composite School, said Eugene Boychuk, Kinsmen member.
The Sturgis Kinsmen and Kinettes Mini-Miracle began in 1981 from an idea of Wayne Dalger and started as a talent program and radiothon fundraiser for Telemiracle. It raised only $8,000 but eventually the talent contest portion was dropped and then picked back up through the years. Various events from surrounding communities were held to make the Sturgis Mini-Miracle the success it is today, stated organizers.
"All monies raised at the annual Telemiracle which includes the amount raised during the Sturgis Mini-Miracle goes directly towards the local individuals in the province who require assistance," said Daniel Wasylenchuk, co-chair of Sturgis Mini-Miracle.
Sturgis Kinsmen Mini-Miracle has raised $918,660 over the past 39 years, Boychuk said.
“People can call their pledges into the Sturgis Composite School or give their donations to participants along the road through the hospital bed push or mini marathon events,” he said.
The Preeceville Hospital is once again gearing up towards its annual bed push on March 5. The bed push will leave from the hospital at approximately at 2 p.m. and make its way downtown and along the highway to Sturgis. The proceeds will be presented at the Sturgis Kinsmen and Kinettes annual Mini-Telemiracle, which will be broadcast live on CJGX-94 radio station on March 1. The bed push began in 1985 and has been raising funds for Telemiracle through a collaborated effort.
The Sturgis Kinsmen will also be collecting donations along their marathon run from Canora to Sturgis on that same day, he said. The marathon of Sturgis Composite School students, SRC members and Kinsmen members will leave Canora approximately at 11 a.m. and make its way back to Sturgis. It is an actual marathon, since it is 42 km or 26 miles from Canora to Sturgis, which is the same distance as a competitive marathon.
Thomas Hazlett of Pelly, the GX-94 Star Search winner, is scheduled to perform along with a whole slate of local talent. There are approximately eight other acts set to take the stage during Mini-Miracle.Hazlett comes from the large English industrial town of Stockton-on-Tees in the Northeast of Britain, on the north bank of the River Tees roughly 25 minutes from Newcastle, and said the call and romance of the West was too strong to stay away. Hazlett followed his calling, moving to Canada in 2014 to settle down with his wife in Pelly, stated the GX-94 website.
Telemiracle Teddy is scheduled to make his rounds to the schools in the area the week prior.
Sturgis Kin Club members will be travelling to Regina to work some shifts at Telemiracle and will be making their own on-air presentation from what is raised during the Mini-Telemiracle on Sunday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The annual Telemiracle broadcast will be from Conexus Arts Centre in Regina on March 7 and 8.