Season Six, Episode Six – Kinsmen Telemiracle

The Kinsmen Telemiracle fundraiser is a Saskatchewan institution that brings people together to support a wonderful cause, but the work of the Kinsmen Foundation actually occurs throughout the year. In this episode of YXE Underground, host Eric Anderson discovers how people and organizations connect with the Kinsmen Foundation and why volunteers like Raelynn Nicholson and Tyler Hall are so passionate about this cause.

 

The Kinsmen Telemiracle fundraiser is a Saskatchewan institution that brings people together to support a wonderful cause, but the work of the Kinsmen Foundation actually occurs throughout the year. In this episode of YXE Underground, host Eric Anderson discovers how people and organizations connect with the Kinsmen Foundation and why volunteers like Raelynn Nicholson and Tyler Hall are so passionate about this cause.

The Kinsmen Telemiracle fundraiser is a Saskatchewan institution that brings people together to support a wonderful cause, but the work of the Kinsmen Foundation actually occurs throughout the year. In this episode of YXE Underground, host Eric Anderson discovers how people and organizations connect with the Kinsmen Foundation and why volunteers like Raelynn Nicholson and Tyler Hall are so passionate about this cause.

For the past 48 years, the Kinsmen Foundation and Telemiracle has been raising money to improve the quality of life and independence of Saskatchewan residents. Their generosity is huge and the province rallies every year to support the Telemiracle fundraising event on television, but you might not know about all the work that goes on behind the scenes, all year round, to connect the Kinsmen Foundation with people in need. 

We learn about this incredible work in this episode of YXE Underground. 

I can vividly remember being 8 years-old, sitting on the living room floor next to my sister, in our home in Swift Current, eagerly waiting for our names to slowly scroll across the bottom screen during Telemiracle. I’m sure I am not the only one who has a memory like this.

I think Telemiracle is one of those Saskatchewan institutions that just seems to bring people together. The fact that this two day annual fundraiser raises millions of dollars to help people in need, whether it’s a piece of medical equipment or to help cover the costs of travel for a medical procedure, is worth celebrating.

However, it’s only been in the past few years that I’ve learned about all the work that happens year round by a passionate group of volunteers that connects people in need with the Kinsmen Foundation. These volunteers are from across Saskatchewan and often meet at the Kinsmen Foundation headquarters in Saskatoon.

I wanted to learn more about these Kinsmen and Telemiracle volunteers and how they work with people and organizations across Saskatchewan, and I was lucky enough to meet Raelynn Nicholson and Tyler Hall.

Raelynn is the Kinsmen Foundation Board Chair and lives in Assiniboine, Saskatchewan. Tyler Hall is this year’s Telemiracle Chair and he lives in Mortlach, Saskatchewan. They are volunteers who love making a difference in the lives of people, and as you will hear, their roots run deep with it comes to Kinsmen and Telemiracle.

I was lucky to catch them both in Saskatoon last month and we met for coffee at the Broadway Roastery on 8th Street. We cover a lot of ground in just over a half-hour…like how the volunteer board decides where to spend its money and what it’s like getting to really know families in need. 

We also discuss why this work means so much to Raelynn and Tyler, and as you’ll hear, they have a lot of fun working together.

A big thank you to Rob Rongve and his team at RBC Dominion Securities in North Battleford for supporting this episode. If you are looking for someone to manage your money and give you thoughtful advice on investments, you should really speak with Rob Rongve. 

Thank you so much for listening and supporting a local, independent podcast. Don’t forget to leave a 5-star review if you like what you hear and follow YXE Underground on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Cheers…Eric 

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