Kin Wartime – First National Project (1941-48)
World War II
The call was heard and answered by extraordinary Canadians.
Responding to a radio appeal for milk for British children, founder Hal Rogers rallied Kin members across Canada to raise funds for the purchase of powdered milk. The goal for the first year was to raise enough money to purchase one million quarts; within nine months, Kinsmen and Kinettes supplied more than three million quarts!
By the end of the Milk for Britain campaign, the Kin family raised close to $3 million and sent 50 million quarts of milk to Britain. Rogers was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1948 to recognize his efforts as the Chairman of Kinsmen’s Milk for Britain wartime project.
The wartime effort helped found 41 new Kinsmen clubs and the formation of a new women’s branch of the organization, Kinettes.
Commemorating the 75th Anniversary
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Milk for Britain Campaign. In order to preserve, celebrate and educate, we set out to invest in a short documentary. To tell this story properly, we needed the commitment and support from our Clubs across Canada. Once the Milk for Britain documentary is created, teachers will have the opportunity to consider it for their curriculum plan.
Kin-Cystic Fibrosis Canada Partnership
Kin Canada is a proud national partner of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Each year Kinsmen and Kinettes host a variety of fundraising and awareness-building activities in support of the battle against cystic fibrosis. Since 1964, Kin members have raised more than $40 million for cystic fibrosis research and patient care.