Name: Ethan Hobbs
What do you like about curling? Curling is fun. I love a game of strategy! Curling is comparable to a game of chess on ice. Plus, there is the physical aspect of the game too.
What made you decide to do a bonspiel? Both my older brother and I were patients at the Montréal Shriners Hospital for Children in Canada. They provided us with outstanding care for many years. I wanted to give back to the hospital for helping us.
What is the biggest challenge in organizing a bonspiel? Finding enough teams to fill a day. You need an even number of teams to play. You also want as many teams as the ice will hold to make the day enjoyable. My first bonspiel had 10 teams. Last year we had 18 teams. This year I am hoping to have a complete sell out with 20 teams!
How many people does it take to plan a bonspiel? It’s a team effort! My mom and I do the planning throughout the year. We have a coordinator for the kitchen the day of the event, along with a team of volunteer helpers. A drawmaster, who keeps the games on time. Community sponsors like Schinkels Gourmet Meats and VIA Rail Canada. The set up committee starts the day before. Clean up crew. We also get support from the local Ahcom and Mocha Shriners and the hospital in Montreal.
What is your goal for this year? I would like raise $4500 this year. To date I have raised $7650+ for the hospital. By the time I finish high school I would like to say that I raised $25,000!
What are the details for your bonspiel this year? My bonspiel will be held Feb 25, 2017 at the Chatham Granite Club. 41 William St N. It is a 2 – 6 end day with 2 draws. Lunch and supper are included. There will be a silent auction table and a door prize of a trip for 2 to Montreal compliments of VIA Rail. Cost $220 per team. $25 for dinner only.
To register – Please contact my mom Judy at 5193651939
I would like to thank everyone for their support in my adventure! It has been a great opportunity to be a ‘ Kid Helping Other Kids’!