The 2021 Kurling 4 Kids campaign launched last month. Like every year, Curling Quebec will participate in this important event: keep an eye on this space for more details over the coming weeks.
In the meantime, we decided to ask two K4K team members some questions to learn more about this year’s campaign progress during a pandemic. Thank you, Christine Tourigny, Director of Communications, and Stan Fong, Director, for taking the time to answer.
Tell us about the 2021 Kurling 4 Kids campaign. How did you have to adapt your activities because of the pandemic?
Typically, at this time of year, the K4K campaign is underway. In fact, it’s been almost a year since we decided to cancel the main curling event for Curling 2020 for the safety of our participants, volunteers, supporters and organizers. A year later, we are still in a position where we cannot host a curling event, as the pandemic that captured the world remains at the forefront of all of our lives.
Despite the crippling effects of the pandemic and the world being at a standstill, children continue to fall ill and need care and intervention. It is because of this reality that K4K decided to make 2021 a virtual fundraising year.
Has Covid changed the needs and priorities of children’s hospitals? If so, how has Kurling 4 Kids adapted to face those needs?
How can Quebec curlers support the K4K Campaign?
Do you have a fundraising goal for 2021?
How long have you been a member of the Kurling 4 Kids team, and what motivated you to join this organization?
During my childhood and adolescence, I made many trips to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and I always received the best possible care. It was an obvious choice for me to get involved and give back.
[Stan] I have been with Kurling for Kids since the beginning of 1999. I was a co-worker of the Kurling for Kids President, Robert Sears, and he held the initial event as an office bonspiel to raise some money for Ste-Justine. I had a great time curling. I then joined Glenmore in the fall of 2000 and quickly fell in love with the sport. I was motivated to continue to help my friend Robert and this fantastic charity. By 2004, I was heavily involved at Glenmore and approached the board to hold a Kurling for Kids event that year, and thus, the 1st expansion to a 2nd curling club was born. In 2018, I was made a Director of Kurling for Kids and am now involved in planning events. I also continue to organize the Glenmore event.
To join the 2021 Kurling 4 Kids campaign and learn more about how you can help, visit their website here https://kurlingforkids.org/.