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Help support our next generation of curlers and coaches

Guest post from Curl BC Consultant Coach Robbie Gallaugher

It was a little over eight years ago now, in September 2010, that I was sitting in a Curl BC board meeting. It was at that meeting that the motion was passed to establish the Curl BC Curling for Life Endowment Fund.

The fund would gather donations and pay out only the interest (approx. 5%) in return each year – with all donations remaining in the fund to continue to grow. Money paid out would be invested back into the BC curling community to support ongoing programs and services as guided by Curl BC’s Strategic Plan.

That following spring I decided to run my first marathon and simultaneously use it as a platform to raise money to build the fund. We raised $1,375 that year, and while I felt accomplished for finishing the race, I also had a great sense of pride for giving back to a sport that has given so much to me.

At the time, I wrote an article very similar to this one, outlining my curling journey since childhood, the friends I’ve made, the places I’ve travelled and the different roles I’ve been privileged to carry out in the curling community.

Since that article eight years ago, curling has continued to astound me and re-routed me down a new path of coaching. This latest fork in the road has provided me opportunities to live overseas, participate in a Youth Olympics, and most importantly, work with an amazing team of local BC curling influencers to help develop our next generation of curlers and coaches right here at home.

Curl BC and its family of curling centres across the province have welcomed me many times over my lifetime, providing me with a second home and a sense of belonging no matter what new community I found myself in.

Upon reflection of how important that is, I have once again decided to run the BMO Vancouver Marathon and raise funds for the Curl BC Curling for Life Endowment Fund. I am seeking donors to sponsor a 1km leg of my 42km race (taking place May 5, 2019) by donating a minimum of $25. Donors will receive a tax receipt for their contribution. If all 42km are sponsored, we will raise a total of $1,050.

So give some thought to all of the experiences, friends and memories that curling has provided you, and if you feel those are worth supporting, then please contribute this holiday season so that we can ensure similar experiences for our next generation of curlers and coaches in BC.

Donations can be made directly to the Curling for Life Endowment Fund, and can be indicated as being made in sponsorship of Robbie’s 2019 BMO Vancouver Marathon run.

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