The 12th annual Curl for Cancer raised approximately $4,500, which will remain in Renfrew County to assist with transportation costs for local cancer patients.
This year the event attracted 12 teams, down from the peak of 16 teams and $6,000 raised, but organizers were still pleased with the results of the fundraiser. The one-day bonspiel was meant to be a fun event and teams were encouraged to have at least one non-curler. In the past, people who came out to try curling for the day ended up falling in love with sport and joining the curling club, noted Mike Watson, president of the Deep River branch of the Canadian Cancer Society, who organized the fundraiser along with Jan Moore.
The event was made possible through the donation of the ice by the Deep River Curling Club and local businesses which provided items for lunch and prize draws. It was held in conjunction with the town’s winter carnival.
The event started from an idea by curler Bob French, Deep River resident and former president of the Renfrew County unit of the Canadian Cancer Society. He was on hand Saturday to run the draw to the bottom competition which brought in a few extra dollars towards the final total.
After enjoying a hot lunch, a dozen people took a shot at being the closest to the button. The catch was that the smaller rocks were used which posed a challenge for regular curlers who are used to throwing a certain weight. The winner was Deep River Councillor Ron Desrochers. Although it is meant to be a 50/50 draw, Desrochers donated his half back to the Cancer Society.
Tina Peplinskie is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist