Saturday , 24 October 2020
Saint Nick visiting children during the Santa Project. (Submitted by; Angie Jerrett)

Kiwani Club’s 50/50 replaces its major fundraisers

The Kiwanis Club has created a 50/50 draw to fill a fundraising gap to fund its signature projects for kids in the community.

The Kiwanis Club is a worldwide organization helping kids in need.

The Club’s inaugural 50/50 event will see proceeds going towards its programs such as the Santa Project, Festival of Lights and the Terrific Kids program.

Member Angie Jerrett said COVID-19 has caused the club to halt annual fundraisers as most of the events involve large gatherings.

(Kiwanis Club of Lloydminster)

The 16-member club is unsure if they will be able to host any other fundraisers this year.

“Everything is so up in the air with the pandemic, so we don’t really know what we’re going to be able to do. We’re really banking on this to be our main fundraiser,” explained Jerrett.

Jerrett adds the 50/50 will be perfect during the pandemic as it can be done contactless with e-transfers.

She will then mail or drop off ticket stubs to participants.

Since 1984, the club has brought Saint Nick to pre-K to Grade 2 classrooms so they can sit on his lap and receive a goodie bag from him through the Santa Project.

Jerrett stated this is one of the clubs biggest projects of the year.

In the gifts, kids get a bunch of delicious treats and Play-Doh, which the club purchases themselves.

Jerrett said the Club fills 2,000 goodie bags a year for local youth.

“We’ve gotten feedback from some of the schools that said for some of the kids that’s all they might get for Christmas. It’s very near and dear to our hearts that we can bring that to them.”

She adds the budget of the Santa Project is $6,000.

With Terrific Kids Program, the Club provides certificates so teachers to recognize a student each month throughout the school year during monthly assemblies.

This can be for any reason such as values, good grades or goals or achievements they have met.

“We give them an awesome little Terrific kids pencil and that’s just a way to recognize students that might not be recognized.”

The Festival of Lights, which began last year, started as a way to bring the spirited of the holidays to the community.

Kiwani Park decorated for the Festival of Lights. (Submitted by Angie Jerrett)

The Kiwanis park is decorated with Christmas lights and decorations for families to view.

The club also awards scholarships to high school students and helps out individual families in need.

“We go out of our way to help in any way that we can. If something is brought to our attention, we as a club will look after that.”

Jerrett also mentioned the Club is currently looking for new members.

“The more members we get, the more good we can do in our community.”

Anyone looking to join can reach out to the organization on Facebook or via email at KiwaniLloydminster@gmail.com.

Anyone looking to take part in the 50/50 can call or text Angie at 780-214-1804 or via email.

The draw will take place on October 9th.

About Tre Lopushinsky

Tre is the lead reporter/editor at Lloyd Connect. He is a NAIT Radio and Television alumni. Tre has experience in radio, audio production, video editing and news reporting. During his time at NAIT he worked as a sports editor for the college paper and was a commentator for NAIT Ooks Basketball and volleyball teams. Some residents may know him as being the "giant employee" in the community for the past two years. Tre, for some reason, hasn’t veered away from his childhood as he has a passion for collecting figures (not dolls!).

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