Dart tournament for MS research
For the second year in a row, Stanstead’s Lynne Bennett is organizing a Dart Tournament to raise money for an organization that she is, understandably, passionate about: the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. The mixed doubles tournament will be held at the Stanstead Legion on Saturday, February 2nd, with registration beginning at 1:00 pm and the games beginning at 2:00 pm.
“I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis about twenty-five years ago. This disease attacks the immune system, affecting brain cells, the spinal column. We can suffer from loss of memory, tiredness and it’s very difficult to walk. It’s a very complicated illness and a misunderstood disease,” explained Mrs. Bennett who has to take numerous pills each day and an injection once a week to minimize her symptoms and treat complications that arise from having the illness. “All the money I raise goes to the Society to research for a cure. I might not ever see that cure, but I want to do what I can.” Although it’s the second year for the dart tournament, Mrs. Bennett has been fundraising for the Society since the year 2000. She joined a special group four years ago, the “Pink Angels” team, to raise money and take part in the annual Multiple Sclerosis Marche de l’espoir. “I raised $1,290 the first year, $2,286 the second, and $2,571 the third year. So I’m hoping to increase my total again this year for the Marche de l’espoir which takes place in September,” said Mrs. Bennett who is thankful for all the support she gets from the community. “I have many sponsors and there are many people that I’ve known for years who support me and help make the day
“Refreshments will be available and we’ll also be selling sandwiches, like we did last year,” added Mrs. Bennett. The Stanstead Legion is located on Maple Street, in Stanstead.