KTW Christmas Cheer Fund: Kicking in plenty of support

Western Karate Academy’s ferocious fundraiser has a challenge for all businesses in the community

The KTW Christmas Cheer Fund can inspire kindness and generosity from all across the region.

Businesses and individuals, old and young alike, all pitch in to help raise money for the four charities the fund is aiming to help: Y Women’s Emergency Shelter, Out of the Cold Shelter, The Mustard Seed Kamloops and Kamloops Brain Injury Association

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Case in point — nine-year-old Denver Mckinlay.

For a second year in a row, he has raised more than $2,000 for the Cheer Fund as part of the annual kickathon event organized by sensei Jim Doan and his students at the Western Karate Academy.

This year, Denver is taking it one step further by challenging local businesses to match his donation.

That exact donation for businesses to match is $2,365.

“It goes to a good cause,”Denver said when asked why businesses should consider accepting his challenge.

“It helps a lot of people,” added his father, Matt.

Denver took no shortcuts in his fundraising efforts, pounding the pavement and going door to door over the course of about a month in neighbourhoods near and far from home.

While some donations were quite high, others were just a few dollars, making his grand total quite the achievement.

Denver pointed to his parents as inspiration for his efforts at fundraising. According to his dad, it’s something the two of them enjoy doing together.

“It’s fun to do it,” Matt said. “The two of us go out and spend time together, joke and laugh. A couple hours in the evening we spend together with nobody else. It’s kind of nice.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be a kickathon without some kicking — and all Western Karate Academy participants were tasked with completing 1,000 kicks at the Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 event.

Though it only takes about 10 or 15 minutes to complete, it can be quite tiring.

“We’ll do 100 on one and 100 on the other and then lay down,” Matt explained. “Do some kicks from the ground and stuff like that.”

Prizes are given to the top fundraisers at the end of the kick-a-thon, but Denver has traditionally continued his streak of generosity by regifting any prizes he receives to friends and family at Christmas.

He plans to do the same this year.

“I just got a ton of gift cards this year to buy stuff,” he said of his prizes.

Businesses (or anybody else) willing to accept Denver’s challenge and help the quartet of charities by donating online at kamloopsthisweek.com/cheer or at KTW’s office, at 1365B Dalhousie Dr. in Southgate.

The newspaper’s office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Cheer Fund



• BC Old Time Fiddlers’ Association: $100

• Ron and Susan Durant: $100

• In memory of Pat Liddy: $20

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

• John and Val Kemp: $100

• Darren, Sharlene & Kyle McIlwain: $158

• Marg Clements: $100

• Anonymous: $100

• Anonymous: $20

• Anonymous: $125

• Passion for the Fashion Show: $194.85

• The Posse: $200

• Amy Regen: $100

• Vic and Sally Mowbray: $100

• Jo-Mary Hunter: $200

• Anonymous: $200

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

• Evelyn Meyer: $60

• Anonymous: $100

• Donna Sharpe: $50

• In memory of James F. Maloney: $500

• Ladies of the Lake: $325

• Music Lovers: $72.35

• Brenda and Ken Christian: $100

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

• St. John Vianney Bridge Club: $225

• In memory of Sam and Teresa Bruno: $100

• Anonymous: $25

• Anonymous: $500

• Rick Bennett: $50

• Tom and Sharon Moore: $100

• Staff at Country Auto Sales: $600

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

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

• Gordon Harris and Gwen Watson: $400

• Don Whyte and Gail Cameron: $150

• Anonymous, in memory of Peter Howard: $100

• Lynne Totten: $100

• In memory of Douglas: $150

• Cal and Pat Moulton: $100

• Colleen Stainton: $200

• Anonymous: $100

• In memory of Wilf Schmidt: $200

• Jerry Neigel: $300

• Anonymous: $250

• Ken and Marylyne House: $50

• Cathy and Phil Holman: $100

• McGowan Park elementary Grade 5 Class: $175

• Shirlee Ezowski: $100

• Anonymous: $100

• Lisa Michie: $100

• A. and G. Morrissette: $200

• Anonymous: $100

• Anonymous: $50

TOTAL TO DATE: $7,865.20

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