Telemiracle officially wrapped up on Sunday, and after 20 hours the 42nd edition of the telethon raised $7,151,256.

The over $7 million set a new record for the most money raised during the telethon, breaking the old record of $5,906,229 that was set in 2012.

The live show featured performances from three southwesterners as Emma Therens from Moose Jaw, the Hunter Brothers from Shaunavon, and the Central School Choir from Swift Current all performed.

Celia Hammerton, the music teacher at Central School in Swift Current, said that their performance went well.

"It was really exciting for the kids to be on the big stage and to be able to present all the money we've been able to fundraise, so it was just a great experience."

The choir performed 'Best Day of my Life' by Imagine Dragons on the stage. Hammerton talked about why they chose the song.

"We thought it was a good upbeat song and it has a positive message," she said. "It also fitted really well with our bucket drummers that we included in the performance this time too with the choir."

Hammerton said that for the students and her to be apart of the record Telemiracle means a lot.

"It's just really exciting to be part of that, and I think for our students to have that experience in helping others and giving to others is just a great experience."

Hammerton added that Central School was able to be $13,594 for the charity.


The Central School choir presenting the cheque for the $13,594 they raised. (Photo courtesy of Telemiracle's Facebook page.)

The Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes added to the total raised by Swift Current as they raised $17,420.49 for Telemiracle 42.


Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes with their Telemiracle 42 cheque. (Photo courtesy of Colin Powers.)

Robin Howden is the secretary of the Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes, and she spoke about what it means to raise money for the charity.

"It's amazing that our community can give that much money back to Telemiracle," she said. "It's an amazing organization that does amazing things, and it's a blessing that the Swift Current community bands together to donate it."

Howden said that to be apart of the record-breaking Telemiracle was amazing.

"I am awed and humbled, and absolutely flabbergasted on how Saskatchewan pulls together and raises this much money year after year," she said. "It's crazy.'

Howden added that it was nice to see local talent performing for the province like the Central School Choir, and the Hunter Brothers.

Over the 42 years since the telethon started in 1977, Telemiracle has raised over $129,020,594 to assist residents in Saskatchewan to acquire special needs equipment and access to medical treatment.

Photo courtesy of Telemiracle's Facebook page and Colin Powers. 

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