Schmirler Foundation telethon hits $3 million mark

The foundation made a $35,000 donation to the Penticton Regional Hospital

By Matthew Abrey

Special to the Western News

Kerri Einarson, skip of the Wild Card Scotties Tournament of Hearts team based out of Winnipeg, holds the Sandra Schmirler Foundation near and dear to her heart.

As the foundation was raising funds for intensive care life-saving equipment for babies on Sunday at the South Okanagan Events Centre during their 17th annual telethon, Einarson’s eyes began welling up.

Related: Schmirler Foundation gives warmly for newborns at Penticton hospital

Einarson herself had complications with her own pregnancy. She started having contractions at seven months, but doctors were able to stop the labour process allowing the skip to give birth around her scheduled date.

“It’s so huge. Every time the commercial comes on it makes me want to cry. In fact, I’m tearing up now just thinking about it,” said Einarson.

“It’s such a good cause and there are so many young babies and parents out there who really need their help.”

Over 18 years after Olympic gold medallist (1998) Sandra Schmirler passed away from cancer at the age of 36, her friends and family are keeping her legacy alive and well.

Over $315,000 was raised during the Sunday telethon, which ran with support of Curling Canada and TSN. Curlers even take the time to work the phones during the fundraising event.

The group started the day with the goal of surpassing the $3 million mark, that was accomplished around 8:30 p.m. A total of $3,040,410 has been raised over the past 17 years.

The foundation made a $35,000 donation to the Penticton Regional Hospital to purchase an infant warmer.

If you missed the telethon and still want to donate, visit sandraschmirler.org.

Just Posted

Okanagan’s smoke filled skies toxic to pets

Pet owners should take extra precautions with pets until smoke dissipates

Powwow honours children

Between the Lakes powwow devotes Sunday to children

Air support grounded as fires fill the skies with smoke

Update Aug. 19 1:25 p.m. A majority of air support is still… Continue reading

Canada Special Olympics experience ‘awesome’ – Penticton coach

Two weeks after returning from his duties at the Special Olympics Canada… Continue reading

Smoky skies means stay inside, according to Interior Health

The air quality in the Okanagan is considered a high risk

Smoke cancels Super League Penticton, organizers give pros a gift

Super League Penticton organizers decide to send all pro competitors to championship

Ex-BCTF president ‘undeterred’ after early release from pipeline protest jail term

Susan Lambert and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson released early

Crews continue extinguish Snowy Mountain Wildfire

The 13,359 hectare wildfire is classified as held

Flights from Kelowna International Airport affected by wildfire smoke

Passengers are being asked to check their flight’s status before arriving

Work continues on Monashee Complex wildfires

Crews will be assisted by helicopters if flying conditions improve

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

Gottfriedsen Mountain wildfire continues to be held

Firefighters are working alongside the military to extinguish the wildfire near West Kelowna

B.C. swimmer halts journey across Strait of Juan de Fuca after hypothermia sets in

Victoria MS athlete Susan Simmons swam for eight-and-a-half hours in 9 C choppy waters

Most Read