The Big Brothers Big Sister of Ingersoll, Tillsonburg and area held their annual Curl for Kids Sake fundraising event Saturday at the Tillsonburg Curling Club.
“It’s a fun sport and it’s a great way for people to be introduced to the sport,” said Deb Landon, executive director for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ingersoll, Tillsonburg and area. “There’s people that come out today and this is their first time they’ve ever curled. They have a great time, they play two six-end games so it makes it a fun day,” she added. “It’s all about fun and fundraising.”
A total of 14 teams, consisting of four people per team, collected pledges and participated in the “100 Birthday Celebration” themed fundraising event for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Last weekend in Ingersoll, a total of $9, 700 was raised during their event and although they did not have a tally for Saturday’s fundraiser, Landon said they were hopeful in reaching their goal of $21, 000 dollars.
Dozens of people from around the area came out to show their support for the annual Curl for Kids Sake fundraiser, including some of the kids who benefit from such events and use the organizations programs and services.
“We have some teams that were sponsored by organizations or companies so we bring our matches to come out and participate in that day – it’s a great way for the kids to come out and then they curl on behalf of an organization or company, ” said Landon.
Two of those kids were 16 year-old Destiny Rivard and 12 year-old Katelyn Ram both from Tillsonurg. Having a big sister has played an important part in both of their lives, and events like Curl for Kids Sake is a great way for them to show their appreciation for the organization and its volunteers.
“It means a lot to me,” said Rivard of the event, noting that sadly, her big sister past away last year. “She was a big influence in my life.”
Her friend Katelyn agreed. “It means a lot because every month we have outings and sometimes we want to find ways to say thank you,” she said.” So this is kind of a way to do that and have fun with our friends.”
First time curler Wes Keenan of Waterford was out Saturday to learn a bit about the sport and give back to the community.
“I like to support anything in the community if I can, I really enjoy doing that and I think Big Brothers Big Sisters is a really good organization,” said Keennan. “I think curling is a lot of fun – I’m learning how hard it is,” he added with a chuckle. “It’s a lot more difficult than it looks like on TV.”
Dave Abrams, branch manager of Scotia Bank in Tillsonburg has been a part of the Curl for Kids Sake fundraising event for the past ten years.
“I’m an in school mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters about ten years ago and found out about their curling tournament,” he said.
Abrams noted that events like Curl for Kids Sake provide an enjoyable way to get out and curl and support a great cause in the community.
“It’s a lot of fun. This is our first game and we’re almost at the end and we have yet to score a point,” he said. “But that’s not what it’s about today – it’s all about raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters,” he concluded with a smile.