Still room for curlers at Burn Treatment Fun-spiel this weekend

Dave Mathieson
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The Amherst Fire Department is hosting its 12th annual Burn Treatment Fun-spiel, this weekend at the Amherst Curling Club. Tournament sponsor, Amherst A&W owner Joe Dupuis (second, from left) has sponsored the tournament since its inception, and on Monday he was thanked for his continued support by Tim Betts (left), (Dupuis), Bob Hanley and Ken MacKenzie, who are three of nine Cumberland County committee members for the Nova Scotia Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Society. 

AMHERST – The road to recovery for burn victims in Nova Scotia is made smoother thanks to the hundreds of curlers who come out each year to support the Amherst Fire Department during its Burn Treatment Fun-spiel, and this year is no different.

“Every penny raised goes to the Nova Scotia Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Society,” said Ken MacKenzie, Cumberland County NSFFBT committee member and chairperson.

This is the 12th annual fun-spiel held at the Amherst Curling Club, and every year the tournament raises about $4,000.

About 100 people, 60 adults and 40 children, are helped each year by the two burn units in Nova Scotia.

Money donated to the NSFFBTS not only helps the many programs the NSFFBTS supports but, “also helps burn victims at the IWK and QEII, and helps their families with expenses such as travel,” said committee member Bob Hanley.

The tournament presently has 26, four-person teams registered for the tournament and there’s room for six more teams to be part of the fun.

“We can have as many as 32 teams,” said MacKenzie. “It’s a fun-spiel, so people with experience and people without experience can have fun.”

The fun begins Friday at 6 p.m. and runs until Sunday.

Entertainment includes a band on Friday night and there will be a silent auction, door prizes and raffles.

MacKenzie and Hanley thanked A&W as a major sponsor, and thanked Sears for their support as well.

For more information call the Amherst Curling Club at 667-2667.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Society, Amherst Curling Club, Amherst Fire Department Cumberland County NSFFBT committee

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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