It was a record-breaking year for the Kinsmen Telemiracle telethon, with $5,906,229 in pledges received.

The number is the highest total since the telethon started in 1977 — and the generosity of a Saskatchewan farmer was a big factor.

Many of the dollars came from individuals making small contributions, as well as schools and community groups raising funds through bake sales, steak dinners, and car washes.

But in the final hours of the telethon on Sunday, it was revealed that Roy Wudrick, a farmer from the rural municipality of Aberdeen who died last year, had bequeathed $1.46 million in his will.

The telethon, which raises money for people with special needs and those who need special medical treatment, ran March 3 and 4 on Saskatchewan CTV stations.

With files from Canadian Press