Over $14,000 raised at first annual Curl for Easter Seals Kids event

Curlers enjoying the first annual Curl for Easter Seals Kids event. Photo via Easter Seals.

Last month, the first annual Curl for Easter Seals Kids event, held at the Cataraqui Golf & Country Club, raised over $14,000 in support of children and youth with physical disabilities in the Kingston community and across the province.

Hailed by organizers as a “resounding success”, the bonspiel brought together curlers of all abilities, ages 18 and up, for a day of friendly competition and fundraising in support of Easter Seals Ontario programs and services on Friday, March 24, 2023 to mark Easter Seals Month.

According to a release from Easter Seals, highlights of the day included two one-and-a-half-hour games with six ends, a delicious lunch, and a special awards ceremony where curlers were recognized for their fundraising and curling efforts. Organizers noted that attendance of three local Easter Seals families made the event even more meaningful, as they shared how Easter Seals has made a positive impact on their lives and expressed their gratitude to the supporters of the organization.

“We are thrilled with the success of Curl for Easter Seals Kids and grateful for the support of everyone involved,” said Linda Clouthier, Community Engagement Officer at Easter Seals Ontario within Southeastern Ontario. “Thanks to the generosity of our participants, sponsors, and volunteers, we raised over $14,000 that will help empower children and youth with physical disabilities to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.”

Local Easter Seals families attended the event. Photo via Easter Seals.

Easter Seals said that the success of the event was due in large part to the exceptional staff at the Cataraqui Golf & Country Club and the tireless efforts of the volunteers who helped make the day run smoothly. The organization also gave a special shout-out to the event’s Chairman, Ken Thompson, for ensuring that the event had 12 teams participating, and for surprising everyone with an official bagpipe start to the second game.

Organizers also gave a huge thank you to the event’s Title sponsor, Titanium Transportation, and to Rob Thomas and Aaron Glazier for their support and commitment to making a difference in the lives of children with physical disabilities.

Since 1922, Easter Seals Ontario has been a leading provider of programs and services for children and youth with physical disabilities. The organization is a registered charity committed to empowering individuals with physical disabilities to reach their full potential and make their own positive impact on the world, according to the release. Easter Seals offers a wide range of programs and services, including mobility and accessibility equipment funding, fully accessible summer camp, post-secondary scholarships, youth ambassadors, and advocacy and public awareness. Easter Seals is only able to provide these programs thanks to the generous support of its donors and sponsors. For more information or to donate, visit EasterSeals.org or connect on TwitterFacebookInstagram or LinkedIn.

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