Spirit of Giving

IWK Telethon this weekend

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Interesting, heart-warming stories, fantastic entertainment, enthusiastic donors and CTV personalities. This fantastic ragout of fun and sharing takes place on the 26th annual IWK Telethon, tomorrow and Sunday.

The Telethon begins Saturday, June 5 at 7 p.m. with introductions around the Maritimes and doesn’t finish until 7 p.m. Sunday night, on the CTV network.

However, there is nothing like seeing the Telethon live, with an outstanding line-up of entertainment from all around the Maritimes. Bring down your own donation, or cheer on others. It’s all for a good cause and benefits every community.

If you are going to be in Halifax, come down to the Richard Goldbloom Pavillion in the IWK Health Centre, Saturday night.

Beginning at 7 p.m., entertainment includes fiddler Fleur Mainville kicking off the music, followed by Country singer duo The Keats.  Rounding out the evening will be the Celtic Rock band The Stanfields.

Sunday the Telethon begins at 8 a.m., and entertainment scheduled for the morning includes a Cuban drum workshop; fiddler Gillian Boucher, who blends Celtic sounds with a touch of jazz; hip-hop dancers Concrete Roots; and singer-songwriter Molly Thomason.

The Youth and Philanthropy celebration, in the Atrium of the Children’s site, will feature a hang-out and Wii competition, cheques decorating and entertainment by Donna and Andy. In the afternoon, more East Coast talent takes the stage at the IWK Pavillion including Old Man Luedecke, Jenn Grant, Dave Carroll, Matt Andersen and Dave Gunning.

In Sydney, festivities will be held on the Sydney boardwalk near The Cambridge Suites hotel from 7-10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m – 6 p.m.

Entertainment scheduled include Tony Leudy, Back in Time, Alton MacKinnon, Wicked Game and Hat Trick.  Matthew MacDonald, named Philanthropist of the Year by the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professional, will also be on hand and show you a side that you may not know about him. This popular 17-year-old has raised more than $30,000 for the IWK Health Centre since 1999.

Beginning noon Sunday take in a barbecue, carnival games, displays by the fire, ambulance and police departments, face painting, a teddy bear clinic, a colouring and a photography station.

Market Square in Saint John is the place to be for Telethon activities.Entertainment begins at 6 p.m., on Saturday, with alternative pop band Penny Blacks, followed by indie rocker Greg MacPherson, folk-roots music performers Clinton Charlton & the Formers, and capped off at 9 p.m. with multiple award winner and New Brunswick native David Myles,

On Sunday entertainment will start at noon and run until 6 p.m.  Acts include Ben Marmen and Dallas Dalzell, Rotary Girls and Boys Choirs from Rothesay and Saint John, the all-female country trio Shanklin Road, and Tradition, the New Brunswick band that serves up a potent combo of cajun and blues.

Sunday’s Youth & Philanthropy celebration will honour young donors with cheque presentation and red-carpet treatment from noon to 2 p.m.  At the same time, the site will host of family-friendly activities with Angelina Ballerina from noon to 4 p.m. Participate in the Princess Make-Over, Sheriff for the Day, Model Magic, presented by Michaels, Coloring & Design your own t-shirt, Hero Posters, Mad Scientist, YMCA’s Cookie Decorating, Face Painting and more.

Sunday is the also day to head over to Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown, to take local entertainment, and celebrate donors, large and small from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festivities are scheduled to begin with dance and party band Sunday Punch, followed by classic rock cover band WaterTown, the award-winning Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold, and then Tim again with his sibling JJ and Koady. The entertainment wraps up with The Johnny D’s, country singer-songwriter Johnny Oliver with his two daughters, Dallas (bass guitar and backup vocals) and Dakota (keyboard, lead and backup vocals).

Families can participate in a host of other activities at Confederation Landing Park,  including Kids Headstart Golf Basics presented by Anderson’s Creek Golf Course, cookie decorating, a barbecue, carnival and bouncy rides, face painting, a Teddy Bear clinic, fire truck rides, a colouring station and a Home Depot Kids workshop. A donation is a ‘ticket to ride’ on the Peake’s Wharf Boat Cruise from 11am-4pm.

See you at the Telethon….

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