Sixty-thousand reasons to Cheer

With 2018 now behind us, so too, is the annual KTW Christmas Cheer Fund.

Though money will likely continue to trickle in to the end of the month, the vast majority of the funds are in, marking the end of another very successful fundraiser.

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If you’ve been watching week by week, you’ve probably seen how the fund started with a trickle before morphing into an impressive flow of donations. In the last couple of weeks, it’s turned into quite the flood.

Thanks to all of you, our total as of this writing is more than $61,000.

That is money that will be going to some worthy groups in Kamloops, organizations we have learned about over the last few months by meeting with their organizers and volunteers.

We have spoken with Dave Johnson at the Brain Injury Society about how that agency helps people who have suffered brain injuries, whether due to terrible car crashes or strokes.

We’ve talked to Renee Stein from the Out Of The Cold shelter and learned just how rough it can be for the marginalized community during the winter months.

We’ve met with three people involved with the Boys and Girls Club’s Falcon Program — Katherine Gulley of MCFD’s Child and Youth Mental Health, Kerry Woehle of Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops and Trish Smillie of School District 73 — and learned of the benefits the program has brought to local kids who have suffered trauma.

We have visited with Boris Lesar and Jeff Arlitt from The Mustard Seed New Life Community and learned about impact their programs are having on people in Kamloops.

And we sat down with Jacquie Brand, Alix Dolson and Maureen Jones from the Y Women’s Emergency Shelter to talk about how vital the shelter’s work as a transition house is to those in need.

In all of those meetings, we had the opportunity to learn about the fantastic work these non-profits are doing and see some of the very people that were being helped.

It opened our eyes to corners of the Kamloops community that are not often visible to most.

Part of the reason these groups are able to exist and do the work they do is because of the generosity of people like those who donated to the KTW Christmas Cheer Fund.

These are people who donated from their own pockets, who encouraged others to do so or who spoke with friends about the fund.

Every little bit helped and it’s all those little bits together that got us to where we are.

All of us here at Kamloops This Week — myself very much included — want to thank everyone who worked so hard to raise these funds that will do so much good locally.

You’ve all done so much to make the 2018 season of giving one of the best on record.

Final list of Christmas Cheer donors:

  • St. John Vianney Friday Afternoon Bridge Club: $101
  • In memory of Peter Botham: $100
  • Valerie Brown: $100
  • ND McGowan: $100
  • KTW Social Fund: $321
  • Kamloops This Week: $2,070
  • Anonymous: $100
  • Anna Evenrude: $50
  • John and Val Kemp: $100
  • Spencer and Janet Bryson: $200
  • The Posse: $100
  • Irene Anderson: $20
  • Lynne Totten: $100
  • Marg Clements: $100
  • Anonymous: $500
  • Darren, Sharlene and Kyle McIlwain: $158
  • Tracey Mourre: $20
  • Rick and Judy Collinge: $100
  • Anonymous: $25
  • Tom and Sharon Moore: $100
  • Amy Regen: $100
  • Wally and Wendy Reddeman: $75
  • Jerry and Wendy Patrick: $100
  • Rick Bennett: $50
  • Teresa and Colman Byrne: $200
  • Anonymous: $100
  • Evelyn Meyer: $60
  • Buzz and Jane Osterloh: $100
  • Anonymous: $200
  • Anonymous: $320
  • Margaret Sandulak: $100
  • Shirley Brown: $100
  • Wendy and Kim, in memory of Peter Basson and John Healy: $25
  • Linda Jackson, in memory of George Wilmot: $100
  • Anonymous: $500
  • Jo-Mary and Bob Hunter: $200
  • Sharon L., in memory of Sharon and David Frampton: $100
  • In memory of James Maloney: $500
  • Shirley Ross: $100
  • Sue Turner: $200
  • In memory of Julianne Lion: $100
  • Lois McAlary: $100
  • Donna Sharpe: $50
  • Anonymous: $150
  • Don and Marlene Pattern: $60
  • Libby Denbigh, in memory of David and Rachel: $50
  • Sharon Cooley, in memory of Ruth Cooley: $50
  • Anonymous: $50
  • Anonymous: $50
  • Anonymous: $200
  • Anonymous: $20
  • Richard and Shirley Holmes: $100
  • Anonymous: $50
  • Marianne Forrest, in memory of Bob Madden: $30
  • Don and Marlene Pattern: $60
  • Anonymous: $50
  • Erik Seifert: $100
  • Tony and Kaz Dufficy: $50
  • Anonymous: $100
  • Ron and Susan Durant: $100
  • Kenneth Sharman: $100
  • Evan and Wendy Lichlyter: $100
  • Ken and Gladys Klepachek: $100
  • Sandra Blakely, in memory of Douglas Blakely: $100
  • Kathy Sinclair: $50
  • G. and A. Morrissette: $300
  • Darko and Allison Filipic: $200
  • Gary and Carol Bacon: $100
  • Anonymous: $100
  • Maureen Hove: $50
  • Brenda Fennell: $200
  • Anonymous: $300
  • Dale and Noeline Kerr: $100
  • Phil and Verne Churchill, on behalf of our family: $100
  • Harriett Chave: $100
  • In memory of Noel Kirby from family: $100
  • Anne Wade: $50
  • Anonymous: $200
  • Anonymous: $30
  • Beth and Chris Tanner, in memory of Eleanor and Bob Tanner: $100
  • Anonymous: $20
  • Wesley, Vanessa and Christina Mah: $100
  • TRU Quilters: $200
  • In memory of Joe Bedard: $100
  • In memory of Teresa and Sam Bruno: $100
  • Kamloops Seniors Village: $240
  • Kathie and Jim Ayotte: $200
  • Lovely Ladies of the Lake: $300
  • Jack Morden: $100
  • Maria and Robert McGowan: $25
  • Don and Debby Erickson: $100
  • Anonymous: $40
  • Preceptor Delta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi: $90
  •  Spice of India Cuisine: $700
  • Linda Inglis: $100
  • Ken and Diana Hauser: $100
  • Don Whyte and Gail Cameron: $100
  • Case and Verita Van Diemen: $500
  • The Roman Catholics at Sun Peaks: $500
  • Anonymous: $500
  •  Anonymous: $25
  • Rosemary Anderson: $50
  • Bev Turner: $50
  • Anonymous: $100
  • Colleen Stainton, in memory of many wonderful friends: $200
  • Tivola Howe: $100
  • In memory of our parents, Tom and Gloria Stout and Muriel and Norman Cooper: $100
  • Brian and Kathy Andriashyk: $35
  • For family and friends: $700
  • Anonymous: $25
  • David and Helen Gulley: $100
  • In memory of Sandy: $100
  • Lorna McMillan and Robin Johnson: $50
  • Dearborn Motors: $1000
  • John and Eileen Jones: $100
  • L&J Diamond Maintenance: $150
  • Judy and Jerry Smandych: $100
  • Shankaramma and Basavana Gowd: $300
  • Paula Gardner, in memory of Brad Gardner: $100
  • Naomi Geczi, in memory of my son David Geczi: $20
  • Colleen and Judean Steffenson: $100
  • Patricia Hanson: $25
  • Anonymous: $100
  • Kamloops Ladies Afternoon Curling Club: $166
  • Wayne and Twink Murphy: $25
  • In memory of Brett and Bob: $100
  • M. Pilatzke, in memory of Jack Pilatzke: $50
  • Allen Hyslop: $100
  • In memory of Ken Littlejohns: $100
  • Marie, Norio, Ed and Roy Sakaki, in memory of Vi and Frank Sakaki: $100
  • In memory of Ken and Lois Devick: $75
  • In memory of Al Johnson: $50
  • In memory of George McIntosh: $100
  • Robert McDiarmid: $100
  • Gary and Susan McIntyre: $50
  • John Metcalfe: $250
  • In memory of Peter Howard: $100
  • Anonymous: $100
  • Jerry Neigel: $200
  • Anonymous: $100
  • Anonymous: $150
  • Anonymous: $200
  • Metro Kam Tech: $250
  • Judith Fowles: $100
  • Noreen Rozek, in memory of Pat Rozek: $100
  • In memory of Mike and Quay Jules: $150
  • Gwen Mackinder, in memory of my mom and dad: $100
  • Anonymous: $500
  • Anonymous: $100
  • Ed and Dianne Barker: $300
  • Smith Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd. - staff and management: $500
  •  Marilyn and Bill Martin, in memory of JJ Rio: $100
  • Western Karate Academy: $9,600
  • Dean and Debbie Nicholson: $200
  •  Tanya Giles: $20
  • Surander Singh: $50
  • Anonymous: $300
  • Olivia Hustins: $10
  • Marilyn Giesbrecht: $50
  •  Jacques Lam and Myrah Parab: $50
  • Morgan McCaskill and Ryley Harrison: $20
  • Shanna Findlay: $50
  • Kim and Rob Cecile: $50
  • Liana Shaw: $50
  • Kathleen and
  • Cary Moffat: $50
  • Lisa and Shaun Johnson: $25
  • Sharon Lestage: $50
  • Kelsey and Bryan Boudreau: $50
  • Leah Briault: $50
  • Linda and Rick Cameron: $80
  • Teri and Randy Young: $200
  • Christina Groves: $200
  • Chris and Michelle Nagle: $100
  • Nathaniel and Chantelle Jackson: $100
  • Daniel and Mary Dollaire: $200
  • Sid Barrie: $100
  • Canadian Tire Kamloops: $1,000
  • Gordon Harris and Gwen Watson: $300
  • St. John Vianney Friday Bridge Group: $119.35
  • In memory of Fred and Sandra: $50
  • Kelly and Shirley Rowland: $200
  • Mary-Jean Cameron and Kameron Elliot: $150
  • Susan Peachey: $30
  • On behalf of the TRU Print Services staff: $85
  • Hudson’s Bay Social Club: $670
  • Golds’ Golden Gals: $666
  • Audrey and Ken Harton: $75
  • Donald Wilson: $400
  •  Fiona Clare: $100
  •  Geoff and Judy Gibbard: $50
  • Anonymous: $50
  • Phyllis Ring: $100
  • Anonymous: $200
  • Rick Maureen Nakashimada: $100
  • Joan Lyons: $150
  • Valerie Owen: $500
  •  Anonymous: $100
  • Kathy Costerton: $150
  • Marie Kabus: $100
  • Helen Ferguson, in memory of Andrew Liddy: $20
  • Helen Ferguson, in memory of Pat Liddy: $20
  • Colin and Katy James: $100
  • Findlay Quinn: $500
  • Anonymous: $1,000
  • Rachel Long: $100
  • International Business Systems Christmas party: $1,857.45
  • Free Radicals Hockey Club: $7,840
  • Barry Manderson and Kathy Bassett: $100
  • Patricia and Calvin Moulton: $100
  • BC Hydro employees (Kamloops): $467
  • Morelli Chertkow LLP: $325
  • Nancy Stewart: $100
  • Amy Elliot: $200
  • Evelyn Vipond-Schmidt, in memory of Wilf Schmidt: $200
  • Anonymous: $250
  • Sandra Lloyd: $500
  • Alexis and Cathy’s Christmas party: $480
  • Carol Gourley: $100
  • Anonymous: $135
  • Andy and Lorraine Davidowski, in memory of Loraine Hall: $50
  •  Anonymous: $100
  • Kamloops This Week Social Club: $372
  • Nadia Olafson: $200
  • Anonymous: $40
  • Moon Wok Chinese restaurant: $2000

The following businesses donated a portion of their advertising costs to the Cheer fund:

  • BA Dawson Blacktop
  • Brazilian Dog Guru
  • Casadio & Son Ready Mix #370
  • City Furniture
  • Convoy Supply Ltd.
  • Emsland Insurance
  • Excel Industries
  • First Place Detail
  • General Grants Garden Centre
  • Glover’s Medicine Centre
  • Greentree Electric Ltd.
  • Highland Valley Copper
  • Johnson Walsh Plumbing
  • Juniper Realty
  • K-9 Designz
  • Kamloops Airport Ltd.
  • Kamloops-North Thompson Constituency Office
  • Kamloops Dentistry
  • Kamloops-South Thompson Constituency Office
  • Kamloops Truss Ltd.
  • Maritime Travel
  • McElhanney Consulting Services
  • Dr. Rakesh Mehta
  • New Gold Inc.
  • Northills Shopping Centre
  • Nu Leaf Product Market
  • Park Place Seniors Living
  • Plainsman Group of Companies
  • Rainbow Restoration
  • Riverside Dental Clinic
  • Sunny Shores Dental
  • Tanja’s Pet Grooming
  • True Consulting
  • Underhill & Underhill
  • Visual Signs
  • City of Kamloops
  • Wilson M. Beck Investors
  • Mr. T. Contracting
  • United Rentals

TOTAL: $61,048.65

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