Duncan Kinsmen to make a splash Sunday on Timmy’s Telethon

The Duncan Kinsmen Club is being recognized on Timmy’s Christmas Telethon this Sunday, for its effort to help the Lions Club out of a jam.

Back in the spring, Tatum Toporowski, the daughter of Kinsmen member Barry Toporowski, approached the Duncan Kinsmen Club to say that Camp Shawnigan’s pool was in such bad shape that the kids didn’t use it the previous year, according to Kinsmen president Greg Powers.

"She said they had an estimate that it was going to cost $40,000 to fix it and she wanted us to fundraise and take this thing on," he said.

"Well, we had enough members in our crew that are good at that sort of thing so we said, wait a minute, let’s go out and look," Powers said.

"We ended up fixing the pool for them. The problem ended up being a rock in the check valve.

The value of the work we did was about $20,000 and we got it done for just under $5,000 with all our labour and donations and stuff."

Powers estimated that the men put in about 300 hours to get the job done.

In recognition, the Lions Club had the Kinsmen out for an open house in July as a thank-you and then they called Powers in November to ask if representatives from Duncan could film a segment for the upcoming telethon.

Barry and Tatum Toporowski and Mike Wiersma traveled to Victoria for the taping, which turned out to be much longer than originally planned because the interviewer was so impressed by the story, Powers said.

"Out of all the ones they filmed that day, ours was the biggest contribution," he said.

It’s going to be airing this Sunday between 8-9 p.m. on the Shaw network, so be sure to watch a hard-working local group getting well-deserved recognition.