Over $100K raised at Curl for Cancer

Members of the Carman Curl for Cancer event presenting a cheque to Sandy Cameron (second from left) who accepted on behalf of Carman Palliative Care and South Central Cancer Research. Carman Curl for cancer members Carly Cox (left), Sandra Goff, Scott McIntosh and Jeremy MacLellan were presenting on behalf of Carman Curl for Cancer. (supplied photo)

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Carman Curl for Cancer’s 25th-anniversary event proved to be the huge celebration it was planned to be as the organization raised over $100,000 for local cancer charities around the province.

“The response from the community was overwhelming,” said co-chair of the event, Sandra Goff. “It’s outstanding every year but people were really excited about the 25 years. We were really blown away with all the donations from community members.”

Members of the 2018 Curl for Cancer committee presented cheques to the following organizations last week. $12,500 was donated to Carman Palliative Care, $35,000 to South Central Cancer Resource, Cancer Care Manitoba got $35,314.90, the Canadian Cancer Society received $20,000 and the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology was given $2,500.

Kerri Johnson accepted $35,314.90 on behalf of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation thanks to the Carman Curl for Cancer event. (supplied photo)

“The organizations were so grateful to receive the funds,” she said. “We brought everyone together to hand over the cheques and they were all really excited. It was a special year and a special donation to match.”

For the first time, the banquet portion of the night was held at the Carman Community Hall. The hall was decorated to the nines as Goff and other committee members received praise on how much fun the larger venue was.

“A lot of new people attended for the first time and they were all taking part in the live auction making it a really exciting night,” said Goff. “We haven’t decided if we’re going to be using the Community Hall again or not. It’s something we’ll have to discuss at our meetings because it was a lot of fun. Maybe we can hold it there but not do all the decorating, tone it down a bit for a more regular feel.”

Collette Toews accepted $20,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. (supplied photo)

The Carman Curl for Cancer committee can now relax and spend their holiday time with family. Goff said they’ll discuss next year’s event when the group meets for the first time in 2019.

“I need to thank all of our sponsors, everyone that came to the event and people that just bought a raffle ticket before the event,” adds Goff. “It was an amazing event thanks to the support from the community.”

There are around 12 volunteer committee members who put on Curl for Cancer every year. Goff says they’re currently looking for more members and explains it’s not a huge commitment of time.

“We only meet a few times a year and then it’s pretty hectic leading up to the event but it’s not that big of a commitment,” she adds.

Get in touch with a Carman Curl for Cancer committee member to get involved next year.

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