The annual Curl for Kids' Sake is back after a one-year hiatus.
Curl for Kids' Sake is a long-running annual fundraising event in support of the many different mentoring programs run by Big Brother Big Sisters of Lanark County (BBBS).
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions last fall, the Smiths Falls Curling and Squash Club didn't put the ice in, but this year the fundraising event is back and is scheduled for its 32nd edition on Nov. 26.
"We're very glad that we're able to host it again," said Angie Beaupre, fund development manager at BBBS.
"It was definitely disappointing not to be able to do that last year but most things around the globe weren't able to happen last year."
The curling fundraiser will support the various mentoring programs run by BBBS, including well-known programs like the traditional one-on-one Big Brothers mentoring and Big Sisters mentoring programs, as well as the in-school and after-school mentoring and the group programs like Go Girls! and Game On!
"It used to be a $4,000 goal," said Beaupre, adding that because they had to take a year off they've decided to forgo having a fundraising goal and are instead focusing on reintroducing the event.
People from the Smiths Falls and Lanark County area can get together a team of four to play two (four end) games in support of BBBS programs. Part of the ticket costs go towards BBBS and the rest goes towards the actual event.
Tickets are $120 for each team of four and include a chili dinner as well. The games are set to start at 6 p.m. and are expected to last until about 10 p.m. on Friday Nov. 26. The event can hold up to 16 teams.
This year participants will be required to show proof of double vaccination against COVID-19 to enter the Smiths Falls Curling and Squash Club. Masks will also have to be worn inside unless patrons are eating the chili dinner. Identification and vaccine passports will be checked at the door, said Beaupre.
Winners will get their name on a trophy and bragging rights for next year, she said.
"Registering sooner rather than later is always good," added Beaupre.
People who are interested in participating in the event can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-283-0570 to register and get further information.
Usually the fundraising event includes a silent auction, but in light of COVID it has moved online to be cognizant of touch points like pens and paper and eliminate people gathering closely around tables. The auction will be launched online on Nov. 19.
This year BBBS is reaching out to both small and big businesses for donations for the live online auction. With the auction going virtual this year, BBBS can add items before and after it's gone live. Bidding will be open until Nov. 28
According to BBBS, each volunteer who offers to work with a child through the agency undergoes screening, interviewing and training processes. Children are also given safety training and an interview process with their parents as well. Each match costs about $1,500 a year to set up and monitor.
(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)
Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times