Second Great Canadian Auction raises funds for young curlers

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An amazing array of items will be up for grabs when the second annual Great Canadian Auction takes place as part of the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier.

The silent auction, which will begin Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET and run through to Saturday, March 12, at the end of that night’s semifinal draw, will be raising funds in support of healthy and active children through the Curling Canada Rocks & Rings program.

“We had such a wonderful response to the first Great Canadian Auction last year in Calgary that it was a no-brainer to do it again this year in Ottawa,” said Rachael Wilson, Director, Fund Development for Curling Canada. “We’ve seen time and time again what a wonderful connection there is between happy kids and being active, and the sport of curling is a great tool to make that happen. Curling is a great gateway sport for children lacking the skills or money to play traditional sports. Getting our athletes started young through the Curling Canada Rocks & Rings program means they can play the sport for life ”

Curling Canada Rocks & Rings takes curling into Canadian schools to introduce students to the sport, using equipment adapted to gym floors. The money raised in Ottawa will help offset the cost of the program to schools.

The Great Canadian Auction will take place in the world-famous Brier Patch, located in the Aberdeen Pavilion, just steps away from TD Place.

The list of auction items is impressive, to say the least. In addition to memorabilia donated by all the Brier teams (and arranged by the Team Canada wives), there will be pairs of full-event passes available to the 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup in Brandon, Man.; the 2017 World Financial Group Continental Cup in Las Vegas; the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont.;  the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s; and the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials in Ottawa.

Other auction items include hotel stays in Ottawa, St. John’s, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Toronto; Ottawa restaurant dinner packages; a couples weekend at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, including accommodation and a couple’s massage; and tickets to various family attractions in the Ottawa area.

“We’re very excited to be involved again with the Great Canadian Auction because it’s such an easy cause to get behind,” said Cindy Simmons, wife of Team Canada skip Pat Simmons. “This is about continuing to build our great sport and getting young kids more active, and I know curling fans at the Tim Hortons Brier will be on board with this. We’re looking forward to doing our part as well.”

Complete details on the second annual Great Canadian Auction are available at www.greatcanadianauction.ca

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