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by Brad Aubin
You couldn’t walk past the Sturgeon Falls Granite Club last Saturday, Jan. 6, without hearing the sounds of the 70s. That’s because the club was host to the 7th annual Curling for a Cure bonspiel, which raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
The event, organized by West Nipissing resident Greg Smith, has raised over $22,000 for the organization over the years. This year, local curlers generated over $1,800 for the cause, with 14 teams taking part.
Smith was thrilled with the result, calling it another big success.
“It was an awesome day. Everybody had a fantastic time, and everybody walked away with a prize,” he beamed. “This year’s theme was “disco” so everyone is all out and dressed in their best disco attire!”
That included Smith himself, in white bellbottoms, white vest and a big-haired wig, à la Saturday Night Fever.
In past years, the event has seen a variety of different themes, including Western, Hawaiian, team jerseys, create-your-own-t-shirt, just to name a few.
“This event is really all about people coming out and having fun, and the theme really helps with the fun aspect. It gets people in the spirit. It’s a great way to get people into the sport of curling,” Smith said, noting that it attracts many beginners and neophyte curlers.
Josee Ethier Aubin, Julie Rochon, Guy Lavigne, and Curling For A Cure bonspiel organizer Greg Smith (right) went back in time during the 7th annual fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.