Keep­ing mem­o­ries alive

Me­mo­rial washer toss tour­na­ment helps re­mem­ber Michelle Cur­tis

Cape Breton Post - - News Glace Bay/new Waterford & Area - BY NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN nicole.sul­li­van@cb­post.com

The sec­ond an­nual Michelle Cur­tis Me­mo­rial Washer Toss Tour­na­ment is hap­pen­ing Aug. 12 and or­ga­niz­ers hope to at­tract the same num­ber of peo­ple as last year.

“Turnout was great. We had 100 peo­ple par­tic­i­pate and about 200 peo­ple out to watch and do­nate money,” said Ken­dra Bald­win, Cur­tis’ sis­ter and one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the event.

She said they are hop­ing for the same suc­cess they had last year, where they raised $5,800 which was do­nated to the Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety and the Bre­ton Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre Schol­ar­ship Fund for stu­dents go­ing into nurs­ing.

“The first year was such a huge suc­cess, in our eyes, be­cause ev­ery­one was there hav­ing fun in mem­ory of Michelle. It wasn’t a sad time, ev­ery­one was hav­ing fun and that’s what she would have wanted,” Bald­win ex­plained.

Cur­tis, a well-re­spected pal­lia­tive care nurse, died a hero in 2015 af­ter try­ing to res­cue mul­ti­ple chil­dren who were caught in a rip­tide at Broad Cove Beach near In­ver­ness.

Bald­win cries when she thinks of the things she misses most about her sis­ter.

“She was amaz­ing. She was my best friend. She was the leader. In my fam­ily, she was the go-to per­son. She was ev­ery­body’s sup­port. It was a huge loss for us,” she said.

“But the tour­na­ment is a way we can keep her mem­ory alive, by do­nat­ing to two char­i­ties she be­lieved in.”

The tour­na­ment is for peo­ple 19 and over and costs $20 to regis­ter. There are tro­phies and T-shirts for first place, run­nerup and ‘big­gest loser of the day’ which is a spirit award.

Bald­win ex­plains why they have the spirit award. “My sis­ter wasn’t very good at washer toss but she en­joyed

“My sis­ter wasn’t very good at washer toss but she en­joyed play­ing it. So we have the spirit award and give it to some­one who’s out there, just hav­ing fun.” Ken­dra Bald­win, Cur­tis’ sis­ter

play­ing it. So we have the spirit award and give it to some­one who’s out there, just hav­ing fun. They aren’t very good but they are still out there try­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the tour­na­ment, to pre­reg­is­ter or to make a do­na­tion, con­tact Bald­win at ken­dra.bald­win@mggh.org.

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A group of par­tic­i­pants in the 2016 Michelle Cur­tis Me­mo­rial Washer Toss Tour­na­ment stand be­hind the pile of washer toss boxes at the end of the event.

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Michelle Cur­tis died af­ter try­ing to res­cue chil­dren from a rip­tide cur­rent in 2015.

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