Folks of all ages banded together to make 2018 a successful year for the local Kinsmen and Kinette Club.
James Jones Kinsmen President recalls a busy and successful 2018, "Overall it was an amazing year when we reflect on 2018, and I know for me personally it's always awesome to be a part of an organization that gives back to the community that we live in."
The Kinsmen with the help of many community organizations and members were able to pull off some fundraising events throughout the year. "If we go back to February, we celebrated our 6th annual day of National Kindness, members of our club were able to serve lunch over at Estevan Diversified Services for their member clients. That was a very special day to give back to the community in that regard. When I think about March it was definitely a special month for the local Kinette and Kinsmen club. Numerous members volunteered for TeleMiracle or were apart of the organizing committee. The Kinsmen and Kinettes were honored to donate over $31,000 to TeleMiracle 42. Which was pretty amazing because it was the generosity of our community, whether it was local businesses like Mr. Mikes, 1124 and The Tower, Co-op, all these different businesses and the people banded together and we were able to raise quite a bit of money for that great charity with the money staying right here in the province."
Jones tells of the Ball Hockey Tournament, "We hosted a ball hockey tournament in mid-September and once again the ball hockey tournament was a tremendous success. This year we tried changing up a bit of the focus this year, and we ended up having a family fun day and carnival. We were amazed at the number of families and kids that came out from the community to partake in our climbing wall, or dunk tank. Overall it was an extremely successful event." Jones adds, "There were fewer teams in the end, but they were able to make up for it with the successful carnival."
Another great Charity the Kin Organizations support, "The walk for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis is the Kin organization kind of local charity that we try to really support. And it was awesome to have a variety of different teams participate in the annual walk and it was great to see members of the Kinsmen and Kinettes support such a cause that's dear to peoples hearts in our community here."
The Kinmen and Kinettes are a help for many, "As a service organization we're always approached for financial assistance, and looking back on the past year, we were able to help out a variety of different organizations. Including the Estevan Fire Department and the Bienfait Fire Department, so we have a lot of fundraisers taking place. Whether its Christmas Parties or we have the Christmas Tree Sales and were happy to say all those funds stay here in the community where we can give back in any shape or form. We definitely have our eyes set on a project in the Kin Park over in the Hillside area, and we're hoping to do some fundraising for out change shack and there are lots of things in the community that we're trying to deal with."
"We're looking forward to a prosperous and successful 2019."