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December 1, 2004 - SaskEnergy and Paul McCallum Make Dreams Come True

December 1, 2004

SaskEnergy and Paul McCallum Make Dreams Come True

Today at the University of Regina, Paul McCallum, the 2004 SaskEnergy Catch for KidSport Ambassador, helped hand over a cheque worth over $39,000 to KidSport™ Saskatchewan, bringing the program's seven-year total to just over $196,000. The 2004 donation will help another 565 kids achieve their dreams by getting involved in sport.

For the past seven years, SaskEnergy and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have been raising funds for the SaskEnergy Catch for KidSport program. The program helps kids from less fortunate families right across the province participate in community sports programs.

"As a parent and as a coach of minor hockey, I know first-hand how sport can change a child's life," said Doug Kelln, President and CEO, SaskEnergy. "I also know being involved in sport can be a financial strain for many families. SaskEnergy's Catch for KidSport program is all about helping kids, and that's why we've had such great support over the last seven years. Together with our partners, we have helped more than 2,700 children in our communities by enabling them to participate in sport when they may not have otherwise had the chance to do so."

During the Roughriders' regular season, SaskEnergy donated $25 for every completed reception and field goal, as well as $100 for every touchdown the team made. The company doubled these amounts for the Roughriders' two playoff games. Over the course of 2004, this amounted to $17,850 worth of gameday contributions to KidSport Saskatchewan.

An additional $20,000 was raised by former 'Rider players and 2004 Athens athletes during the "Line Up with the Legends" half-time show on October 2. The show saw Rider greats lead twelve teams through a timed obstacle course race. The teams, which also competed to raise the most donations for KidSport, came from SaskEnergy, TransGas, ISM Canada (two teams), Saskatchewan Lotteries, RREDA, TD Canada Trust, SGI, SaskTel, Impact Printers, McNally's Tavern and the Qu'Appelle Valley School Division.

Other initiatives like school barbecues and donations in the name of Catch for KidSport Ambassador Paul McCallum rounded out the fundraising for 2004.

"The importance of the SaskEnergy Catch for KidSport™ program cannot be understated," said Don McDougall, Volunteer Chair of KidSport Saskatchewan. "With recent statistics indicating that up to 44,000 Saskatchewan children are living in poverty, it is apparent that many of these children will not be able to participate in sport. Through funding from the SaskEnergy Catch for KidSport™ program, we'll help some of those children receive the many benefits of sport."

KidSport™ Saskatchewan has 32 committees across the province that enable less fortunate children to become active in organized sports. Each year, the KidSport™ committees help an average of 3,400 children participate in over 30 different sports and sport camps ranging from archery to wrestling. To learn more about these programs or to make a donation, call 1-800-319-GAME.

For more information, please contact:

Ron Podbielski
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs

Corilynn Tymiak
Provincial Coordinator
KidSport Saskatchewan