Share in curling and cancer support at annual Carleton North event

by | Jan 24, 2024

Plans in place for the 2024 Curl for River Valley Cancer Support Group on Feb. 2 and 3

Curlers will hit the ice again at the Florenceville Curling Club on Feb. 2 and 3 to celebrate the sport and the community and support Carleton County residents battling cancer. 

The annual fundraising event for the River Valley Cancer Support Group Inc. will deliver a full schedule of friendly on-ice competition, musical entertainment, socializing, games and prizes on Friday night and Saturday. 

River Valley Cancer Support Group secretary Tracey Watson Johnston said the annual event is possible because of the ongoing support of the curling club, the community, local entertainers and committed sponsors. 

“We are blessed to have some great sponsors and entertainment for our curling bonspiel,” she said. 

On Friday evening, the Monquartet, featuring Peter McLaughlin, Andrea Weston, Katherine Brennan and Bazil Kazakos, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. 

From 10 a.m. to noon, singer Melissa White and friends will return to the event on Saturday morning, followed by local favourite Jack McAfee from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

Singer Mark Reid will close out the entertainment from 1:30 to 3 p.m. 

Watson-Johnson said the perennial success of the Curl for Cancer Support bonspiel is possible because of the support of sponsors, including the event’s main sponsor, BMR Besthome Building Supplies in Florenceville-Bristol. 

Event organizers explained the fun curling event welcomes teams or solo curlers, including first-time curlers, noting experience is not required. 

The registration deadline is Jan. 27, with pledge forms available at the Florenceville Curling Club or by emailing

Anyone seeking more information can call Dawn Murray at 506-425-7973, Jacob Elsinga at 506-328-2700, Brenday Dyer at 506-375-4684 or the Florenceville Curling Club at 506-392-6339. 

Curlers can vie for prizes presented to the top individual fundraiser, top fundraising team and first-place curling team. 

The Bath Lions Club will provide lunch on Saturday. 

After missing 2021 and 2022 because of COVID-19, the Curl for River Valley Cancer Support Group returned in 2023 to great success, with curlers and Bath Lions Club raising $27,000. 

Formed in 2007, the River Valley Cancer Support Group Inc., a community-based volunteer organization, provides financial support, information, and encouragement to local cancer patients in the Carleton County area.

Through the fall of 2023, the registered charity supported 1,335 local cancer patients.  

The RVCSG welcomes new members. It meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Waterville Community Hall at 248 Estey Road in Waterville. 

Melissa White, shown performing at the 2023 Curl of River Valley Cancer Group, will again be among this year’s entertainers. (Jim Dumville photo)

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