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Firefighters host eighth annual Burn Treatment Society funspiel

AMHERST - Hoping to ease some of the pain to burn sufferers, firefighters and citizens in the area are throwing rocks this weekend in the eighth annual curling funspiel for the Nova Scotia Firefighters Burn Treatment Society.
"Burns are the most traumatic injury anyone can experience," said Bob Hanley, director for the Cumberland County division of the society.
"We're very proud of what we do, because it's all volunteers."
At least 37 rinks will take to the curling ice this weekend for the event, with all money going directly to the society.
In the past few years, the event has raised more and more funds, with $4,700 collected last year.
Local firefighters are hosting the event, and became involved with the Burn Treatment Society after two firefighters were burned badly in a September 1983 fire.
Funspiel chair Gregg LeBlanc says that's the reason the event was created.
"The money goes to treat anyone from across the province that's been burned," he said.
The funspiel begins at 6 p.m., on Friday, running through until Sunday. The committee is hoping to see 40 teams to make the draw even.
Teams are guaranteed three games each during the funspiel, and participants and visitors can also catch some entertainment Friday and Saturday nights.
Steve Ridgeway will take to the stage on Friday, while the Morgan Keith Band plays Saturday night.
Joe Dupuis and A&W are back as the major sponsor this year, and Ned Douglas of Sears Canada joins Dupuis in sponsoring a 32in flat screen television that will be raffled off.
Other prizes will be given out, including a portable DVD player. All have been donated by local businesses.
Registration for each team is $60, and there will be food and drinks available at the curling club's canteen.
For more information, call the Amherst Fire Department at 667-2518, Gregg LeBlanc at 667-2467 or Bob Hanley at 667-3191.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Firefighters Burn Treatment Society, Morgan Keith Band, Sears Canada Amherst Fire Department

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County

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