A Pictou County group of youth are hoping to help make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer this weekend.
The Little Rocks Curl for Cancer event is coming up this Friday at the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow. From left are Justin Baird, Jonathan Turnbull and Tyler Baird who are working together to make the event a success. SUBMITTED
Little Rocks Curl for Cancer is taking place this Friday at 6 p.m. at the Bluenose Curling Club.
This is Justin Baird’s fifth year organizing Little Rocks Curl for Cancer. He was just 15 when he took over managing the event, which had been in danger of being cancelled.
Now he is a 20-year-old, third year student at St. Francis Xavier University.
His brother Tyler is 16 and a student at North Nova Education Centre. This is his third year helping out with the event. Jonathan Turnbull is the director of Little Rocks Curl which takes place on Friday nights at the club. Together they’re working to make the event a success.
Last year, Little Rocks Curl for Cancer took in more than $1,500 in donations with all the money going directly to the Canadian Cancer Society. For the past five years Proudfoots Home Hardware has generously donated a prize for top fundraiser.
Justin said he remembers the excitement as a kid taking part in the event himself and how much fun it would be to go out and collect pledges and then to take part in the pizza party.
“It was one of the things I always looked forward to around February, March,” he said.
He’s glad he’s able to help make that happen for other youth now. The kids run up to him excitedly now wanting to have five or seven pledge sheets to fill out, although their parents more realistically keep them to one or two. Justin loves to see that enthusiasm.
“They obviously want to go out and collect.”
There is about 40 kids this year and the one who raises the most money through pledges will get the prize from Proudfoots once again. Justin said it’s a larger participation then they’ve had in past years, so they’re hoping for good results.