‘Curl for Cancer’ ready to roll

The second-annual “Curl for Cancer” is set to go Saturday, with 28 rinks hitting the ice for a good cause at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
“We start to play at 9 a.m. but anybody could show up at 8:30 a.m. and there’ll be something going on,” said Cheryl Behan, who is co-organizing the fundraiser with Nadine Johnson and Wendy Derendorf.
Behan added she and Johnson will be verifying registrations Saturday morning as volunteers from the Canadian Cancer Society collect pledges from the participants.
Like last year, each team will play three four-end games. Teams are awarded a half-point for each point scored, one point for each end won, and three points for each win.
But more important, the event is about fun, stressed Behan, noting the Rainy Lake Highlanders will be on hand Saturday afternoon to provide entertainment.
“I call them the ‘Loonie Tunes,’” she laughed. “They’ll be taking requests at the cost of a loonie [which will go to the Cancer Society]. And they’re going to pipe us in at the start.
“We want people to come out and have a laugh. It’s for curlers, but we want non-curlers to come out and enjoy the camaraderie, too,” Behan added.
The day-long event will conclude with dinner around 6 p.m. and then a social at 8, with music being provided by Adrian Chapman.
For anyone not participating in the bonspiel but still wanting to attend the dinner/dance, tickets are available for $10 each. Those just wanting to come out to the social can get in for $5.
Trophies for the top team and most pledges are being donated by Fort Frances General Supply. Draw prizes also will be given away.
Last year’s inaugural “Curl for Cancer” raised almost $9,000.