Easing the pain through curling

Staff ~ The Amherst News
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AMHERST - For the past eight years, firefighters here have gotten together to host a curling funspiel to raise money for the provincial burn treatment society.
And since the inception of the Nova Scotia Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Society in 1983, Amherstonians have raised close to $150,000.
This year's ninth annual curling funspiel will be held Feb. 5 to 7 at the Amherst Curling Club.
"In 1983, eight firefighters from Dartmouth and Halifax got together to form the burn treatment society, and in September that same year, two firefighters from Amherst were badly burned in a structure fire," said Bob Hanley, the director of the Cumberland County division of the society. "We've been supporting it ever since."
Hanley and Gregg LeBlanc, chair of the event, said the curling event in the past has been very popular in Cumberland County and the rest of the province.
"We've got a lot of local teams, but they're not all firefighters," said LeBlanc.
Each year, roughly $6,000 is raised through the funspiel.
"Everybody putting together the event is a volunteer and every cent raised goes to burn care," said Hanley.
The hot ticket item during this year's raffle is a big television, donated by both Ned Douglas of Sears and Joe Dupuis of A&W.
During both nights of the event, local entertainers Free Fall will perform, and food and drinks will be available at the canteen.
There are spots still open for this year's event, and registration is open until 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 - the time the event starts.
Registration is $60 per team.
For more information or to register, contact the Amherst Fire Department at 667-2518, Gregg LeBlanc at 667-2467, Bob Hanley at 667-3191, or Ken MacKenzie at 669-1735.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Society, Amherst Curling Club, Amherst Fire Department

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County, Dartmouth

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