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Fergus Curling Club embarks on essential fundraising drive

Oldest continuously operating rink in province needs to replace concrete floor and ice-making equipment
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The longest continuously operating curling club in Ontario needs assistance from the community to keep the streak alive.

The Fergus Curling Club is embarking on a multi-stage fundraising drive to replace ice-making equipment and concrete pad. The current refrigerated floor was installed in the 1950s when low or high spots weren’t a big deal. Fluctuation in the level of the floor means thicker and thinner patches of ice all over which has led to significant increased energy, water and labour costs, according to a news release.

Levelling the surface will allow the ice maker to better control the playing surface temperature, reduce water, energy and time required to maintain a surface that is faster, has more curl and provides a more enjoyable game for all - and compete with the best rinks in the country.

Here's how the public can help:

  • The first stage of our fundraising campaign launches June 21 and is called ABC's 4 FCC. The ABC’s stand for Aluminum, Bottles and Cans/Cash/Coins. The club is asking for everyone to save all aluminum cans/cooking pans/bottle caps and anything else aluminum.There is a bin at the curling club where these items can be dropped at your convenience. Alternatively,  you can email the club to arrange pickup.
  • Additionally there will monthly bottle drives. On those dates volunteers will be at the club to accept donations of empty alcohol containers.
  • Monetary donations can be made at the club or electronically sent through your banking app to [email protected].
  • Challenge neighbours and businesses to see who can collect more pop cans.

Upcoming Bottle Drive Dates

  • Wednesday June 21/23 5-9 p.m., launch at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday July 19/23 5-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday Aug. 16-23 5-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday Sept. 6-23 5-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday Oct. 18-23 5-9 p.m.