Curlers help earthquake victims

Kelowna Curling Club Red Cross—Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief fundraiser.

Kelowna Curling Club Red Cross—Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief fundraiser.

On Sunday March 20th the Kelowna Curling Club hosted an open house and silent auction fundraiser last Sunday for the Red Cross relief efforts to assist earthquake victims in Japan.

The silent auction collected $2,019 for the Red Cross relief effort.

Curling club volunteers also collected $1,294 in donations, including an anonymous single donation of $500.

The Kelowna Curling Club is also donating a portion of food and beverage sales from Sunday, which has been rounded up to $200, making the total donations from the day more than  $3,500.

The curling club has long had a tie in with Japanese curling as many of that country’s 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.

The Kelowna Curling Club is a non-profit organization, and is the largest curling facility in western Canada. With more than 1,000 members, the club has a good cross representation of the Central Okanagan. With that in mind,  the club, its members, staff and board of directors wanted to give back to the greater curling community by doing something for the Japanese.

“It always amazes me how much this community of curlers and the greater community of Kelowna are willing to give…we hope that the money will help in some small way,” said Kelowna Curling Club president Deanna Tuokko.


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