Curlers to assist Red Cross relief efforts for Japan

Open house fundraiser planned for Kelowna curling rink on Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

The Kelowna Curling Club will host an open house Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., to raise funds for Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Japan.

Donations can be made on several silent auction items, and free instruction for kids and adults will also be offered.

A portion of all food and beverage sales will also go to the Red Cross.

Anyone who would like to make a donation of a new product or service to the silent auction can contact Marnie at 250-762-3112

The Kelowna Curling Club has long had a tie in with Japanese curling as many of their national teams have come to Kelowna to train, including teams from the Torino and Nagano Olympics. As recently as January, Kelowna Curling Club general manager Jock Tyre was Canada’s team leader in Karuizawa, Japan, at an international competition.

“We all feel the need to just do something, after watching the terrible events unfold. This is just a small way of giving back” said Kelowna Curling Club president Deanna Tuokko

Meanwhile, Kelowna’s sister city of Kasugai is far from the earthquake ravaged zone, but local politicians are still waiting to hear from their Asian counterparts. “We’ve all been concerned about what’s happening,” said Mayor Sharon Shepherd.