KTW Christmas Cheer Fund: Free Radicals score again for charity

Every year, the Free Radicals skate into the Kamloops This Week office with what is often the single-largest donation for the KTW Christmas Cheer Fund.

And they do it with the understated elegance of Steve Yzerman, simply pitching in to the cause and having Kelly Shantz deliver the cheque. This year, the group of shinny players collected an impressive $8,960 amongst themselves to help give the Christmas Cheer Fund a welcome bump, with their donation helping nudge the $40,000 mark.

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Every dollar counts as every cent collected helps the four Christmas Cheer charities: Kamloops Brain Injury Association, Y Women’s Emergency Shelter, The Mustard Seed and Out of the Cold shelter, which just announced the location of its new home.

Cheer Free Radicals
Free Radical Kelly Shantz dropped by the festive KTW office with the all-important Christmas Cheer donation. - Dave Eagles/KTW

Shantz said the $8,960 raised by his team this year is a record amount, noting the total comes from the regular Free Radicals who play pick-up games on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a group of Radical Retirees who hit the ice on Wednesdays.

The team first got together 21 years ago.

Since 2011, the players have raised more than $60,000 for the Christmas Cheer Fund.

“We are more like a social club,” Shantz said. “We raise this money among our group. We also support each other through challenges.”

The Free Radicals also support a number of other causes, including Kamloops Minor Hockey Association, United Way, First Nations Capacity Fund, Kamloops Youth Soccer Association, Alzheimer Society of B.C., Kamloops Hospice and Special Olympics BC.

Christmas Cheer Fund

TO DONATE, GO ONLINE TO KAMLOOPSTHISWEEK.COM/CHEER OR DROP BY THE KTW OFFICE AT 1365B DALHOUSIE DR. IN SOUTHGATE (JUST SOUTH OF THE NOTRE DAME DRIVE/DALHOUSIE DRIVE INTERSECTION).

WE ARE OPEN WEEKDAYS FROM 8 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. (THOUGH CLOSED BOXING DAY AND NEW YEAR'S DAY).

 

THANK YOU, DONORS!

• Free Radicals Hockey Club: $8,960

• Lianna Shaw: $50

• Shanna Findlay: $50

• Daniel & Catherine Dallaire: $250

• IG Wealth Management, Kamloops Office: $500

• Marco & Carly Coyle: $500

• Surander Singh & Jas Rai: $500

• A. Robert Nichol: $100

• Anonymous: $400

• Tanya Giles: $20

• Nathaniel & Chantelle Jackson: $100

• Dean & Debbie Nicholson: $250

• Kristina (Tina) Sykes: $100

• Kelsey & Bryan Boudreau: $50

• Karin Sykes: $100

• Christina Groves: $10

• Kathleen Cary Moffat: $50

• Jacques Lam: $50

• Chris & Michelle Nagle: $100

• Marilyn Giesbrecht: $100

• Teri & Randy Young: $250

• IG Wealth Management Matching Gift Program: $1,550

• Anonymous: $100

• Daryl Shinkewski: $100

• Anonymous: $50

• Taya Berkhout: $250

• Anonymous: $50

• Anonymous: $50

• Anonymous: $75

• Spencer & Janet Bryson: $200

• Anonymous: $100

• City Centre Auto Service: $500

• Anonymous: $100

• Don & Debby Erickson: $100

• Jo Ann & Peter Hall: $200

• Don Blake: $100

• Sandy Osborne: $100

• Marie Kabus: $100

• Patti Willis: $100

• Shirley Smith: $50

• Tony & Kaz Dufficy: $100

• M. & D. Hegarty: $100

• Evan & Wendy Lichlyter: $100

• Anonymous: $100

• Anonymous, in memory of Harold Bedard: $100

• Tina Lange: $100

• Patsy Schell: $100

• Sue Turner: $200

• Gary & Carol Bacon: $100

• Sharon LeStage: $50

• Anonymous: $200

• Barbara Humphrey: $100

• Janeen Asfeldt, in memory of husband Dr. Johs Asfeldt: $100

• Noreen Rozek, in memory of Pat Rozek: $100

• From the Needlemania Ladies: $25

• Libby Davies: $20

• Ruth Silver: $20

• Gunny & Carmen: $25

• Verita & Case Van Diemen: $500

• In memory of Brett and Bob: $100

• Western Karate Academy: $6,275

• Gold’s Golden Gals: $1,029.05

• Susan Peachey: $50

• Lillian Francis & family, in memory of Harry Francis: $100

• Lorna McMillan & Robin Johnson: $50

• Jim, in memory of Betty Jean Carnegie: $25

• Linda Jackson, in memory of George Wilmot: $100

• Anonymous: $100

• Anonymous: $20

• Anonymous: $50

• Anonymous: $25

• J.R. Mason: $100

• Rosemary Anderson: $100

• In memory of Noel Kirby from family: $100

• Edward & Hazel Hakansson: $100

• Anonymous: $100

• Anonymous: $35

• Wayne & Twink Murphy: $25

• Margaret Sandulak: $100

• Roy Simmonds: $50

• Bill & Carol Greenhalgh: $400

• Anonymous: $300

• In memory of Nail Dorais: $200

• In memory of mom and dad, Ole & Minnie Cook: $200

• Anonymous: $100

• Chris and Angela de Haan: $300

• Len Knight: $25

• J. Manville: $50

• Jane & Buzz Osterloh: $100

• Ed & Dianne Barker: $100

• Gerald & Wendy Patrick: $100

• Judy & Tom Edwards: $50

• Kenneth & Diana Sharman: $200

• Richard & Terry Taylor: $100

• Muriel Botham: $100

• Anonymous: $250

• Anonymous: $50

• Gladys & Ken Klepachek: $50

• Wally & Wendy Reddeman: $100

• Wesley, Vanessa & Christina Mah: $150

• Mavis Paravantes, in memory of Teddy: $25

• Anonymous: $20

• Sandra Never, in memory of mom Pat Swaine: $50

• Anonymous: $50

• KTW fundraising dinner at the Commodore: $1250.50

• Anne Wade: $75

• Anonymous: $40

• Libby Denbigh, in memory of David & Rachel: $50

• Teresa & Colman Byrne: $200

• Kamloops Seniors Village: $250

• Anonymous: $100

• Bingley, Nek & Smidge: $75

• Ms. Bea Smith: $25

• Anonymous: $50

• Anonymous: $100

• A. & G. Morrissette: $200

• Lisa Michie: $100

• Anonymous: $100

• Shirlee Ezowski: $100

• McGowan Park elementary Grade 5 class: $175

• Cathy & Phil Holman: $100

• Ken & Marylyne House: $50

• Anonymous: $250

• Jerry Neigel: $300

• In memory of Wilf Schmidt: $200

• Anonymous: $100

• Colleen Stainton: $200

• Cal & Pat Moulton: $100

• In memory of Douglas: $150

• Lynne Totten: $100

• Anonymous, in memory of Peter Howard: $100

• Don Whyte & Gail Cameron: $150

• Gordon Harris & Gwen Watson: $400

• Sharon Cooley, in memory of Ruth Cooley: $50

• Wendy & Kim, in memory of Peter Basson & John Healy: $25

• Country Auto Sales staff: $600

• Tom & Sharon Moore: $100

• Rick Bennett: $50

• Anonymous: $500

• Anonymous: $25

• In memory of Sam & Teresa Bruno: $100

• St. John Vianney Bridge Club: $225

• Tim Shoults, Tara Holmes & Ken Christian: $20

• Brenda & Ken Christian: $100

• Music Lovers: $72.35

• Ladies of the Lake: $325

• In memory of James F. Maloney: $500

• Donna Sharpe: $50

• Anonymous: $100

• Evelyn Meyer: $60

• Lois McAlary, in memory of Sarah McAlary: $100

• Anonymous: $200

• Jo-Mary Hunter: $200

• Vic & Sally Mowbray: $100

• Amy Regen: $100

• The Posse: $200

• Passion for the Fashion Show: $194.85

• Anonymous: $125

• Anonymous: $20

• Anonymous: $100

• Marg Clements: $100

• Darren, Sharlene & Kyle McIlwain: $158

• John & Val Kemp: $100

• In memory of my brothers, Andrew and Joe Liddy: $20

• In memory of Pat Liddy: $20

• Ron and Susan Durant: $100

• BC Old Time Fiddlers’ Association: $100

 

TOTAL TO DATE: $39,782.75

© Kamloops This Week

 


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