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Learn a new skill at Curl for the Cure

North Bay Nipissing News

By Laurel J. Campbell

NORTH BAY – Novice curlers are needed to turn the ice pink at Northern Ontario’s first Curl for the Cure. “This is the first really organized curling fundraiser we have had here,” said Michele Girash, community development officer for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. “We’re hoping that this will spur on the organization of Curl for the Cure as our big winter fundraiser.” The bonspiel is focused on family teams and novice curlers. “We are really hoping that the teams have a lot of family members on them and that we entice new curlers to the rink,” Girash said. Curl for the Cure is being hosted at the North Bay Granite Club on March 21 starting at noon and equipment and lessons for novices are included in the registration fee. “Learning one new thing is a great way to start making healthier lifestyle changes but some of us need a little nudge to do that,” she said. “Curling fits the bill. It’s a gentle exercise that increases the heart rate. It’s accessible to everyone and a good way to start leading a more active life. “It’s also a wonderful Northern Ontario activity, and part of who we are. It’s social, it’s fun and you don’t have to brave the weather and be outside to participate,” Girash said. She admits she is not a curler “but I intend to become one on March 21.” In addition to making new friends and learning a new sport, Girash promises lots of surprises and fun give-aways and prizes like guitar lessons, small kitchen appliances and “lots of nifty things.” Game play beings at 1 p.m. and each team of four must include at least one novice curler. Registration includes a fundraising kit, snacks and soft drinks throughout the day that will also feature music by Brain Risk. For more information and registration contact Michele Girash at To register online visit

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