‘The cause mo­ti­vates ev­ery­body’

Wolfville club pre­par­ing for an­other Curl for Can­cer event

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS - BY WENDY EL­LIOTT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA WOLFVILLE

“All kinds of peo­ple can re­late,” says Dean Smith. “We all have a fa­ther or a brother who are sur­vivors.”

That’s why the Wolfville Curl­ing Club is pre­par­ing for its an­nual Curl for Can­cer event on Feb. 18. Not only is it a good cause, Smith also prom­ises a day full of fun when teams of four hit the ice.

“The cause mo­ti­vates ev­ery­body be­cause we all know some­body who’s lost some­one near and dear,” he said.

“There will be dozens of peo­ple vol­un­teer­ing in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties.”

Vol­un­teers will range from ice prepa­ra­tion to food ser­vice, he adds.

Six­teen teams are tak­ing part. Each one will play three games and Smith says lunch and prizes are planned.

The Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety will have its rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Jen­nifer Tufts, on site all day and a silent auc­tion is sched­uled.

Last year, the Wolfville club raised al­most $11,000, and Smith is hop­ing to stay in that range this time as well.

For him, and many other mem­bers of the club, it’s a fam­ily day, when chil­dren and sib­lings take part to­gether.

“For some of them, like my sons, it’s the only time in the year they curl, but they en­joy it.”

Mem­ber­ship is up sig­nif­i­cantly in all ar­eas of play at the Wolfville Curl­ing Club this year, ac­cord­ing to mem­ber­ship chair­man Dean Smith.

Mon­day evening curl­ing over­flows into Tues­days for those learn­ing the game. Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day nights are re­served for club games.

Smith says num­bers are up by more than a dozen. In ad­di­tion, Aca­dia Univer­sity stu­dents are com­ing to learn and a Lit­tle Rocks pro­gram runs Thurs­day af­ter­noons for smaller would-be curlers.

He cred­its the growth to pro­mo­tion, word of mouth and the suc­cess of the na­tional Masters event last year.

“I was shocked at the num­bers that came to watch,” Smith said. “We are rid­ing high on that. It was very suc­cess­ful.”

Smith is grate­ful for com­mu­nity and busi­ness sup­port, which “has been in­cred­i­ble.”

FILE PHOTO

Dean Smith, left, holds up the Curl for Can­cer ban­ner with fel­low vol­un­teers, Mar­i­lyn Campbell Profitt and Alden Profitt.

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