One of the most amazing moments each year at the Kin Canada National Convention is therevealing of the total amount of money raised and service hours given by the 466 clubs that make up the association from coast to coast to coast.
First were some numbers related specifically to the causes that the association has adopted. In 2016/17, 422 units of blood were donated and $47,000 was donated by clubs to the Hal Rogers Endowment fund that resulted in 50 scholarships valued at $1,000.00 being available last February to students going to post-secondary schools.
Kin Canada has a very special relationship with Cystic Fibrosis Canada and every year almost every club makes an effort to host a specific event to raise funds and awareness. In 2016/17, the clubs raised just under 1.2 million dollars, bringing Kin Canada’s total raised since our partnership began to 45 million.
The big numbers for the night were the total money raised and service hours that the clubs contributed in total to their communities. An amazing 363,534 hours were volunteered by the roughly 6,000 Kinsmen members in the last year. To put this in perspective, that is over 41.5 years’ worth of volunteering occurred between July 2016 and June 2017. When it came to the amount of money that was raised by the clubs over that same time period, the number was equally as impressive. $18,679,622.00 was raised by various clubs through raffles, events, bartending services or any other creative ideas that clubs can think of.
“Every August, Kin Canada comes together to celebrate its achievements and in 2017 there was plenty to cheer about. Our members coast-to-coast contributed over 300,000 hours in service to their communities while raising in excess of 18 million dollars for local and national causes.” Explains National President Terri MacCannell, “It is truly inspiring to see Kin at work as they impact countless lives and enrich their communities through partnerships, service and leadership.”
Here in District 2 (Manitoba and Northwest Ontario), the numbers for the 44 clubs were equally as impressive. 30,293.25 hours were volunteered and $1,027,143.00 raised by the clubs.