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Curlers raise funds for Montreal children’s hospitals at 20th annual Kurling for Kids tournament

Proceeds from the Kurling for Kids event helps fund key medical programs and equipment at MUHC Children's Hospital and the CHU Sainte-Justine. Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Proceeds from the Kurling for Kids event helps fund key medical programs and equipment at MUHC Children's Hospital and the CHU Sainte-Justine. Saturday, April 7, 2018. Sebastien Gagnon-Dorval / Global News

It might have looked like just another day of curling at the Lachine Curling Club, but teams gathered at the rink on Saturday were there for a good cause.

Curlers gathered for the 20th edition of Kurling for Kids, an annual event to raise funds for both the MUHC Children’s Hospital and the CHU Sainte-Justine.

“For the Sainte-Justine, we’re in the process of buying a neurosurgical laser,” said tournament organizer Michael Cormier.

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The funds will also help the Montreal Children’s Hospital with a program that helps track brain activity via MRI.

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Making a difference through Kurling for Kids
Making a difference through Kurling for Kids

Cormier’s involvement in the event is personal.

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“I had a nephew that was born with pontocerebellar hypoplasia,” he told Global News. “Unfortunately he didn’t make it, but means a lot to us, giving back to the community.”

“We’ve got to give these kids a chance to grow and to grow up to be champions. By buying them this equipment, that’s what it does.”

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Some familiar faces, including Global National correspondent Mike Armstrong and Global Montreal reporter Billy Shields, took part in the charity event.

Global Montreal’s Billy Shields tosses a stone for a good cause at the Kurling for Kids charity fundraiser in Lacine.
Global Montreal’s Billy Shields tosses a stone for a good cause at the Kurling for Kids charity fundraiser in Lacine. Saturday, April 7, 2018.

To learn more about the event or how you can participate, visit the Kurling for Kids website.