Cures for Kids radiothon raises nearly $150,000

The Cures for Kids radiothon last week raised $146,848.

The Cures for Kids radiothon last week raised $146,848.

“The highest we’ve ever done was $133,000 (2009), so we thought wow, it’d be nice if we hit that,” said Cures for Kids chairwoman Edie McInnes. “But we actually didn’t think we would this year, with the recession and all. So we’re very pleased.”

The eighth annual radiothon, put on by five Central Alberta Optimists clubs in conjunction with two radio stations (KG Country 95.5 FM and 98.9 ZED FM), had more than 100 volunteers manning telephones, computers, printers and VISA and MasterCard machines.

The event held on Thursday and Friday will benefit Camp Quality, a volunteer-run camp on Sylvan Lake for kids with cancer, and the future Red Deer Ronald McDonald House, which “people realize is badly needed here,” said McInnes.

“It’s all the $20 and $50 donations . . . Of course we have a few larger donations, we had a few $10,000 donations, and that’s wonderful, we really love that, but it’s those hundreds and hundreds of smaller donations that make it happen as well,” she said. “We even had kids come down and drop their piggybank into the money barrel. That’s pretty cool.”

Thousands of dollars were raised at lunch-hour concerts put on at the fundraising centre at Parkland Mall by Doc Walker and Jaydee Bixby, along with appearances by Olympians Mellisa Hollingsworth, Lyndon Rush and Carla MacLeod.