Curlers win hearts at charity bonspiel

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - Canada's golden performances in curling at the Sochi Olympics set the tone for an event with plenty of burned stones, sweeping, and heart.

The Cornwall Curling Centre held its 12th annual 'Curl for Heart' bonspiel in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation on Saturday.

Over 80 curlers, divided in 20 teams, helped raise nearly $5,000 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation office in Cornwall, which also services Stormont, Prescott-Russell, Dundas & Glengarry, and Akwesasne.

Alex MacDougall, event organizer, was glad to take advantage of Canada's international stronghold over the sport to entice newcomers into the world of curling.

"What's nice about the event is that a lot of non-curlers have the opportunity to try the sport out and see if they like it" said MacDougall.

Since many of the event's participants have never picked up a curling stone before, he hopes the introduction to the sport and the Cornwall Curling Centre will increase membership.

MacDougall described the event as a major boost for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Cindy Rowe, the Foundation's area manager, couldn't agree more.

"This is one of our biggest volunteer-driven fundraising events during February, which is Heart Month," said Rowe.

The proof lives are actualy being saved thanks to events like Curl for Heart was hanging on the wall. One of 50 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) the Foundation has helped place thorughout Cornwall and area was located in the Centre.

For more information on the Foundation, click here.

Organizations: Cornwall Curling Centre, Heart Stroke Foundation on Saturday.Over

Geographic location: Cornwall, Canada

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