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Sackville’s annual Curl for Cancer fundraiser hits the ice this Saturday

With 30 teams registered, the Sackville curling Club was a beehive of activity during last year’s Sackville Curl for Cancer. Above, Mount Allison physics professor David Fleming, a member of the Physics Rocks team, delivers a stone during last year’s fundraiser. FILE PHOTO
With 30 teams registered, the Sackville curling Club was a beehive of activity during last year’s Sackville Curl for Cancer. Above, Mount Allison physics professor David Fleming, a member of the Physics Rocks team, delivers a stone during last year’s fundraiser. FILE PHOTO - File image

Committee aims to raise $15,000

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Thirty teams will hit the ice at the local curling club this weekend for the 2018 Sackville Curl for Cancer bonspiel.

This year’s event is set for Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Sackville Curling Club, one day before World Cancer Day.

This is the 27th edition of this event and the committee hopes to raise $15,000, in support of cancer research and support services for people living with the disease. Over the past 26 years, this event has raised over $325,000.

The ‘Fundspiel’ will see up to 30 teams participate, with draws beginning at 8 a.m. and wrapping up around 6:30 p.m.

Each team will play two three-end games and prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising team and top individual fundraiser, top points getter and the best costumed team.

Wayne Harper, a member of the Sackville Curl for Cancer Committee accepts a corporate sponsor cheque from Dianne Oulton of the Rotary Club of Sackville.
Wayne Harper, a member of the Sackville Curl for Cancer Committee accepts a corporate sponsor cheque from Dianne Oulton of the Rotary Club of Sackville.

Fifty-fifty tickets will be sold throughout the day for door prizes, and the grand prize will be drawn during the closing ceremonies.

The public is encouraged to drop by the curling club during the day to support this worthy cause.

Food, snacks and beverages will be available and talented local musicians will provide great entertainment for participants and spectators.

The entertainment begins at 9:30 a.m. and throughout the day features the Junior Jills, Richard Bourque & Christine Gilroy, Dave Eppworth & Friends, Liquid Courage and RA & Cookin’.

Thanks to the continued generosity of Sackville businesses like Foodland, Pattersons Family Restaurant, The Snack Shop, Pizza Delight and the Vogue Cinema plus many local residents, all food and prizes were donated.

Those donating prizes are too many to list here and are still being finalized. The complete list will be published in the program that every participant receives on the day of the bonspiel.

Some businesses and organizations chose to become corporate sponsors by donating a sum of money. These include the Rotary Club of Sackville, RBC (Holly & Kally), Foodland, Moneris, Sears Insurance and Yard Guyz.

Each year the bonspiel gives time to a person from the community whose family, friends or themselves have been touched with cancer.

This year Ellen Hicks will talk about her journey. Ellen will present her story at a new time – noon. This is a departure from the previous time of 7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come and hear her story.

World Cancer Day is an international day to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.

World Cancer day was founded by The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008.

The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.

It is also an opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media.

The organizers and participants in Sackville Curl for Cancer are pleased to be able to support these initiatives.

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