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KTW Christmas Cheer Fund: Free Radicals will shoot and score again

Since 2011, the Radicals have raised more than $70,000 for the Cheer Fund

Charities being supported this year: Y Women’s Emergency Shelter, Kamloops Brain Injury Association, Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism and Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association. To donate, go online to Donations are accepted online thanks to a partnership with the BC Interior Community Foundation. Donations can also be dropped off at the KTW office, at 1365B Dalhousie Dr. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Cheques should be made out to the BC Interior Community Foundation.

As the 2021 KTW Christmas Cheer Fund continues in full swing, Kamloopsians are reaching into their wallets and purses to show their support.

Individuals, businesses and clubs are stepping up with donations for the four non-profit groups involved this year.

One of those philanthropic clubs that has been donating significantly to the Cheer Fund is the Free Radicals hockey club — guys who play pick-up hockey games on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with another collection of Radical Retirees who hit the ice on Wednesdays.

Longtime member Kelly Shantz said they’re a competitive group, which has helped keep donation numbers as high as they have been.

“We’re not in high school anymore. There’s no bake sales or anything, it’s just guys reaching into their wallet and saying, ‘Here’s a hundred from me and here’s 50 from me’ and make it happen,” Shantz said.

Now in his third year with the club, Darren Paulsen is among the newest members.

“It’s a good group, a great bunch of guys that do a lot of good things,” he said, noting he has enjoyed being part of a group of guys that has a social conscience.

Since 2011, the Radicals have raised more than $70,000 for the Cheer Fund. As the pandemic impacted group activities last year, the club branched out to hitting the slopes and the golf links. It’s become a bit of a social club, Shantz said.

“It’s a pretty unique group of guys. We have a lot different interests and a lot of different guys on this team that all contribute to the community,” fellow Radical Kevin Fertile said. “A lot of them are hockey coaches or coaches in the community.”

The name of the team is rumoured to have come from the late Rick Duggan and fellow Free Radical member Doug McAllister.

The pair came up with the Free Radicals name when opening a bank account for the team 23 years ago. They based it on the former Sgt. O’Flaherty’s hockey team, which had quit playing in the 35-age division of the men’s league. The men thought that since they were breaking away from the league, players were “free” from all of the hacking and whacking so predominant — a “radical” move.

As the players warm up on the ice at Valleyview Arena on a snowy Kamloops night, cash and cheques continue to be handed in from players to add to their growing Cheer Fund donation.

The camaraderie is evident among this group of guys as the puck drops at centre ice. Two Canadian traditions are being played out on that frozen sheet of water — that of hockey and of giving cheerfully to others.

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.

The Free Radicals’ final donation tally will be known later this month.


VW Turtle Race: $9,681.05

Tim Shoults: $50

Greg Harris: $25

Nel Sarrasin: $50

Ron & Susan Durant: $100

Dianne Jackson: $50

Anna Evenrude: $50

Willa Dale: $50

Anonymous: 100

John & Val Kemp: $100

Cal & Pat Moulton: $100

Darren, Sharlene & Kyle McIlwain: $158

Anonymous: 50

Darla Flett, in memory of Cheroo Beanut: $50Anonymous: $100

Kathy Kendall: $200

Gerald & Wendy Patrick, in memory 
of Kelly Patrick: $100

Jo-Mary & Bob Hunter: $200

Susan Peachey: $50

Gwen Mackinder, in memory 
of friend Sophia: $50

Sharon Langland, in memory 
of Sharon & David Frampton: $100

Kamloops Old Time Fiddlers: $100

Bryan White: $100

Vic & Sally Mowbray: $100

Anonymous: $200

Rachel Andrews: 50

Ken & Marylyne House: $100

Simone Werstiuk, in memory 
of Carmen Werstiuk: $100

Lynne Totten: $100

Don & Debby Erickson: $100

Gary Miller: $100

Brian & Kathy Andriashyk, in memory 
of Verna Wasylnka: $100

M&W Bronken: $100

Johanna Walters: $25

Rick Bennett: $25

Anna Barton: $50

Lois McAlary, in memory 
of Sarah McAlary: $150

Sandie & Louise, in memory 
of Mom, Ross & Carole: $100

Lovely Ladies of the Lake: $200

Wayne & Twink Murphy: $50

Bea Smith: $50

Terry & Doreen Monson: $100

Linda Jackson, in memory 
of George Wilmot: $100

Norm & Susan McGowan, in memory 
of Jack Buckham: $100

In memory of Dave & Sandy: $100

Harriett Chave: 100

Sharon Moore, in memory 
of Tom Moore: $75

Marie & Norio Sakaki: $100

Mavis Paravantes, in memory 
of Rita Mikuse: $100

M. Colleen Stainton: $200

Anonymous: $300

Anonymous: $100

Anonymous: $25

Anonymous: $100

Anonymous: $500

Abstract Registry: $500

Anonymous: $100

Barbara Sterritt: $100

Phil & Cathy Holman: $100

Spencer & Janet Bryson: $200

Sandra Blakely, in memory 
of Douglas Blakely: $100

Pat $ Dave McDonald: $100

Eric & Maggie Shishido & Knox, 
in memory of Mom, Dad, Terry & Dad: $100

Nolan Pastoor Personal Real 
Estate Corporation: $1,500

James Doan: $1,000

Catherine Masters: $100

Muriel Botham: $100

Sharon Cooley, in memory 
of Ruth Cooley: $50

John D. & Gail Cameron: $300

The Hausers, in memory 
of Sam & Dad: $100

Shirley Fish: $50

Carol Armstrong: $100

Naomi & son James Geczi, in memory 
of David Geczi, son: $25

Naomi Geczi, in memory 
of Mary Bullard: $25

Anonymous: $75

Darko & Allison Filipic: $100

Sally & Bill Jennejohn: $100

A&G Morrissette: $100

Evan & Wendy Lichlyter: $200

Anonymous: $500

Jaime Hunter: $50

Sandra Dever, in memory 
of Pat Swaine & Chris Swaine: $50

Brian & Donna McMillan: $100

Dean & Debbie Nicholson: $250

Anne Laroche: $100

Ed & Dianne Barker: $200

Anita Shields: $25

Terry & Richard Taylor: $100

Tanya Giles: $25

Marilyn Giesbrecht: $200

Taya Berkhout: $500

Debra McNichol: $50

Teri Young: $250

Jacques Lam: $50

Jerry Neigel: $200

David Whitson: $100

Bev & Cary Laing: $200

In memory of 
Peter Howard & Harold Bedard: $200

Melrose & Bill Scott: $100

Hank & Eileen Hackett: $50

Elaine & David Sedgman: $100

Abacus Gardening & Landscaping, 
in memory of loved ones: $500

Anonymous: $100

Nadia Olafson: $50

Greg Marshall & Aileen Murphy: $100

Anonymous: $25

Anonymous: $75

Evelyn Meyer: $80

Anonymous: $50

Margaret Sandulak: $100

Margaret Stewart: $100

Jean Tash, in memory 
of Stan & Jack Tash: $50

Patricia Hansen: $100

Rina Wells: $50

Hanes family, in memory 
of Brett & Bob: $200

Kathleen & Donald Gienow: $50

Leah Wilk: $50

Colman & Teresa Byrne, in memory 
of Agnes Byrne Ireland: $200

Ken & Sylvia Grafton: $50

Marg & Terry Bangen: $200

Judy Wiebe: $100

Amanda Fenrich: $100

Preceptor Delta Beta Sigma Phi: $100

C. Carroll, in memory 
of Susan Brewer: $50

In memory of our parents, Tom & Gloria Stout and Muriel & Norman Cooper: $100

Anonymous: $25

Amy Regan: $100

The Posse: $100

Jody Dobroshinsky: $100

Bea Prehara: $50

Marilyn & Albert Poncolet: $150

Susan O’Shaughnessy: $200

Trish & Eric Schweizer: $100

Anonymous: $200

Chris & Angela de Haan: $500

Cathy Newman: $50

Anonymous: $50

Christine Gregory: $25

Kevin & Janice MacDonald: $100

Dale & Noeline Kerr: $100

Sharon & Alan Dodd: $100

Marie Kabus: $100

Marlene & Don Pattern: $75

Susan Baardsen: $100

Elizabeth Dabner: $300

Michelle Nagle: $100

Jim & Kathy Ayotte: $250

In memory of 
Mike & Quayland Jules: $100

Mary Gural, in memory 
of James Gural: $100

Tim & Lorraine Brookes: $100

Sue Turner: $200

Herbert Kimmel: $50

Russelle Paterson: $100

Anonymous: $50

Peter & Jo Ann Hall: $500

Anonymous: $100

N&C Jackson Inc.: $100

Surander Singh: $100

Maureen Kerr: $50

Friedrich Karl Stegemann: $50

Linda Rollins: $100

Anonymous: $50

Susan Rolston: $50

Anonymous: $700

Tivola Howe, in memory 
of my friend, Erna Lapa: $100

Verne & Phil Churchill: $50

Sandy & Elaine Mallory: $100

Anonymous: $50

Verita Van Diemen, in memory 
of Case Van Diemen: $300

Terry & Nancy Stephenson: $100

Lorna McMillan & Robin Johnson: $75

Rachel Long: $100

In memory of Devon Blackmore: $25

Maureen Nucklaus, in memory 
of Jack Buckham: $100

Eleanor Nicoll: $500

Bev Turner: $40

Wendy Dickson, in memory of Peter Basson & John Healey: $25

Total as of Dec. 15: $33,509