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Curl for Cancer throws another successful bonspiel

Emily Distefano


Eighteen teams took part in the 24th annual Curl for Cancer bonspiel in Carman Nov. 4. (ROBIN BERGSMA)

Eighteen teams took part in the 24th annual Curl for Cancer bonspiel in Carman Nov. 4. (ROBIN BERGSMA)

Carman’s 24th annual Curl for Cancer fundraising bonspiel was another smash success, with organizers estimating they raised over $70,000 again this year.

Co-chair Sandra Goff said that despite the snowfall warning from Environment Canada on Nov. 4, the event went very well with high attendance throughout the day at the Carman Golf and Curling Club.

Eighteen teams competed in the bonspiel, and 180 people made it out to the dinner in the evening.

Besides the curling, the event also featured live and silent auctions and guest speakers who shared their own stories of cancer.

Goff said the whole day went well.

“It was excellent, again,” she said. “We keep saying we can’t have anther year like last year, but the community always comes through to support us.”

The support is so generous that even when the group forgot to contact one sponsor, he called them the day of the event to pledge a donation to the cause.

“We just want to thank all our sponsors for their continued support, and everyone who came out,” Goff said. “We hope everyone enjoyed the event.”

The money raised through Carman’s Curl for Cancer is donated to four different groups: South Central Cancer Resource, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society and Carman Palliative Care.

Goff said giving to those four groups ensures that the money is used for both research and patient care, benefiting cancer initiatives on a local, provincial and national level.

Next year is the event’s 25th anniversary, and the committee is planning to meet within a few weeks to brainstorm ideas to make it special. Goff said suggestions are welcome. If you have an idea for next year’s event, or if you want to get involved, you can contact Sandra Goff at 204-751-0035.