‘Curl for Cancer’ seeks more teams

With the annual “Curl for Cancer” fundraiser only 10 days away, organizers are looking for more teams to sign up and start getting pledges.
“Things are going really well,” co-organizer Nadine Johnson said. “Right now, we have 19 teams. I’m still looking for more. I’d like to get 24 if we could because it would be an even draw.”
Pledge forms are available at the curling club and people also can register there, added Johnson.
The deadline to register is Feb. 15, with the fun ’spiel taking place Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
There is a $20 entry fee per player, which includes curling and a dinner that evening. Entrants also are asked to either donate or raise at least $25 in pledges.
“The pledges seems to be going well. Everyone seems pretty interested in donating,” noted Johnson. “I’m doing very well, I’m up to about $1,200.”
Johnson is getting Cindy Allan of Celeste’s to dye her hair pink on the Friday before the event—pink being the colour commonly associated with breast cancer awareness.
Any pledges Johnson collects will go directly to breast cancer research.
She chuckled that the more money she raises, the longer her hair will remain pink.
Last year’s event raised $8,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. But as the number of participants was down, organizers are hoping to do much better this year.
In the past, the fun ’spiel has raised an average of $13,000-$16,000.
As in previous years, “Curl for Cancer” is open to curlers of all skill levels and ages. Mixed teams will be accepted, as well as families curling together.
Curling equipment (sliders and brooms) will be available for those who don’t have any.
The day, which gets underway at 9 a.m., also will include a penny table, afternoon entertainment courtesy of Jim Avis and Bill McEvoy, and information on breast cancer.
Cindy Allan also will be offering to give people pink hair extensions—“Highlights for Hope”—at a cost of $20, of which $10 goes to the Canadian Cancer Society. Allan noted these stay in for about a month, but people can choose to take them out earlier if they so choose.
There also will be prizes for those who come out to curl, while the curler who raises the most pledges will receive a plaque. 
The night will wrap up with a social.