The 35th edition of the popular fundraiser for the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary is set for Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Amherst Curling Club.
“We will have the same theme this year in food, fun and bargains,” organizing committee member Vicki Daley said. “The fling has done a great job attracting people of all ages and it all goes to an important cause, purchasing important medical equipment for the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.”
Last year, the fling raised approximately $42,000, thanks in part to a generous donation from an anonymous individual. Money from last year’s campaign was used to purchase four pain pumps for the hospital’s palliative care program.
Daley said a final decision has not been made on what piece of equipment this year’s fling funds will go to purchase.
With this being the 35th anniversary, Daley said the goal is to raise $35,000. Admission to the curling club that day will be 35 cents and there will be 35 prizes up for grabs through the purchase of $5 fling buttons.
Daley said many of the popular attractions will be back this year including the Amherst Lions Club and Lioness Club, which will have its sale of used books, while there will be cakes, lobster rolls, hot dogs and various other attractions. It’s also believed the teddy bear clinic will also return under the direction of a pair of popular Amherst physicians.
There will also be a trio of community events in support of the fling including the Canadian Tire Fling Day on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a hot dog barbecue, spin the wheel and other events.
Breakfast at Brittney’s will contribute $2 from any meal over $8 to the fling on Saturday, May 6 while the popular Singing for the Fling will be held Wednesday, May 10 at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church.
Performers will include: Rev. Nigel Weaver, Shelby Murray, J. Louis Cretian, Barry Patriquin and Matt Bulsor.
"We've had tremendous support in the community through the purchase of Fling buttons, attending various events before the Fling, such as the Sing for the Fling, and by coming to the actual Fling itself," Daley said.