TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2022
2023 Curling Cares Fundraising Calendar packed with some of curling's biggest names
Autumn means a lot of things to curling fans. Curlers retrieve brooms from the back of the closet, sheets of ice are pebbled, and the anticipation of who will be in the upcoming curling calendar begins.
Curling Canada and The Community Fundraiser are pleased to give curling fans an exclusive teaser of some athletes featured in the 2023 Curling Cares Fundraising Calendar.
“The Community Fundraiser is a generous supporter of curling and is finding endless ways to allow athletes an opportunity to showcase their personalities and raise funds for charities and initiatives near and dear to their hearts. This includes support for the future generations of curling,” said Brodie Bazinet, Curling Canada Foundation Manager.
The 2023 Curling Cares Fundraising Calendar will include a selection of notable names from the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, a prominent pair of upcoming Canadian curling siblings, a popular curling podcast duo, and an ensemble of international competitors, including an Olympic gold medallist.
Each will support a charitable initiative that has personal meaning and is essential in their communities. Additionally, each calendar sold supports Curling Canada’s youth development and philanthropic programs – and Curling Canada’s “For the Love of Curling” program has received more than $126,755 since 2015.
The calendar will also include 2022 Paralympic bronze medallist Jon Thurston of the Canadian wheelchair curling team. Thurston threw fourth stones and was instrumental in securing Canada’s podium appearance at the Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Proceeds from all of the calendars Thurston sells will benefit Curling Canada’s “For the Love of Curling” youth philanthropic programs.
“I was honoured when asked to be part of the Curling Cares calendar. I’m grateful to be able to represent the wheelchair curling discipline and help raise funds for a great cause in youth curling initiatives. Curling has given me so much, and to be able to help raise funds to help others enjoy the sport means so much,” said Thurston.
Thurston is the second wheelchair curling athlete to be featured in the calendar, following Sonja Gaudet’s appearance in 2012. Thurston’s support of Curling Canada’s youth initiatives will make a lasting impact on all aspects of the game, including wheelchair curling.
Other confirmed curlers in the calendar include:
Andrea Kelly (NB) – 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts bronze medallist
Kristin MacCuish (MB) – 2021 Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials silver medallist
Rylan and Madison Kleiter (SK) – siblings, two-time Canadian junior men’s bronze-medallist (Rylan), Team Saskatchewan at 2022 New Holland Canadian Juniors (Madison)
Lori Eddy and Mary Chilvers (ON) – popular 2 Girls and a Game podcasters and Team Ontario at the upcoming 2022 Everest Canadian Senior Curling Championships
Amos Mosaner (ITA) – 2022 Olympic mixed doubles gold medallist
Sixten Totzek (GER) – Team Germany skip, 2021 and 2022 world men’s championships
Yumi Suzuki and Kaho Onodera (JPN) – Best friends from Team Fujisawa (2022 Olympic women’s silver medallist) and Team Yoshimura (two-time world women’s competitor), respectively.