A huge thank you and shout out to Robin, without her this event would never happen. Robin was committed to having an Annual Bonspiel, and for anyone who has ever organized a charity event, you can imagine how much work is involved. I joke that she didn't know what she was getting herself into 5 years ago by insisting upon making it an annual event, as I wasn't supposed to live this long!
Also a big thank you to Coralee who handled so much of the behind the scenes and registration, and does it all with such enthusiasm. Robin and Coralee are so busy working the event, they never even have a chance to curl!
Of course thanks to Brittany and Conan for doing an amazing job of getting so many teams signed up!
Thank you to all of the teams who participated. You are truly a unique and energetic group of people!
We had an incredible array of prizes this year. Thank you to our sponsors and to Brittany, Mom & Dad for pounding the pavement for raffle donations. I think we sold an unprecedented amount of tickets this year, I mean, who could say no to mom & dad???
Thank you to my amazing CMHA peeps and partners, and new friends I met at the event.
Thank you to everyone who donated, helped out and supported us behind the scenes. Because of you we raised $2900!
This event came at the perfect time for me. It happened when I was feeling quite down, hopeless and dejected. Not only because winter is a particularly difficult time, it's tough to get out in the snow and cold. But also because if you read my #forgottenbutnotyetgone blog post, you'll know that despite advocacy efforts $0 of the 2018 Federal Budget went towards research for ALS. It was particularly frustrating due to the unanimous all-party decision to vote in favour of Motion 105 back in April, where they voted to combat ALS by funding research and to launch a comprehensive strategy to eradicate ALS at the earliest opportunity. All talk, and no action.
It is grassroots efforts and community funding through events like this that will continue to make a difference in the lives of people living with ALS. Whenever I feel like giving up, it is people like you who won't let me! So thank you all for your love and support, I certainly wouldn't be here without you.
We even made the news this year! If you click on the button below, it takes you to the right news page, however, you must click on the Saturday March 17th video to see us curling! We are at 23 minutes and 10 seconds. Beautiful form Sean, Travis says you should be expecting a call soon from the Canadian Olympic Committee!