The Vankleek Hill Curling Club’s biggest event of the season broke records, raising $28,850!
The Heart Institute Bonspiel returned as a full event on Saturday, February 11 after being on hiatus for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2023 bonspiel was the eighth time the event has been held.
Club President Don MacNaughton said it was great to have everyone together again.
| “It’s just overwhelming,” he commented.
The institute’s Women@Heart Program Ambassador Marion Martell said the funds raised at Vankleek Hill will contribute to:
- the institute’s research efforts
- development of less invasive heart surgery
- heart health programs for women
Photos: James Morgan
| “I want to thank this community for everything you do for the heart institute,” Martell said.
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Bonspiel is curling for a good cause.
Among the 20 teams which competed, the winning team was led by Skip Kyla Burwash, Third/Vice Ashton MacDonald, Second Sandra Cummings, and Lead Sandra Robinson.
Out of the total raised at the bonspiel, $14,425 came from donations received from individuals, businesses, and team registration fees. People who weren’t curling dropped by the club throughout the day to make a donation and enjoy the smoked meat sandwiches club members were serving in the kitchen. Desjardins Securities, a longtime major sponsor of the bonspiel, contributed $1,000. The $14,425 was matched by an anonymous donor, bringing the total to $28,850.
| “I’d like to thank everybody. We broke a record this year,” said Pitt Paquette, who co-organizes the bonspiel with Bruce MacNaughton.