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Local Curling Event Ignites the Passion of Participants and Spectators During "Rockin' the House", a Local Sporting Fundraising Event

Georgian Triangle area community leaders, local businesses and residents came together for an exciting curling bonspiel fundraising event to raise funds for Breaking Down Barriers Independent Living Resource Centre on Saturday, March 3rd at the Curling Club of Collingwood to support people with disabilities.

Forty eight participants consisting of both able-bodied and wheelchair curlers arrived at the Curling Club of Collingwood for a fun-filled day of curling, buffets, prizes and silent auction. With the help of fifteen volunteers who selflessly committed their time and put their hearts into ensuring the success of this event over $5,700.00 was raised. The funds will support Breaking Down Barriers to continue to provide and expand programs offered to people with disabilities in the Georgian Triangle area.

Councillor Gunter Neumann from the Town of Meaford stated, "I would like to congratulate Breaking Down Barriers for organizing this high caliber fundraising and awareness raising annual event. We look forward to participating again next year. In fact, we had so much fun that some of us plan to join our local Curling Club. We are proud to support this important organization and do our part to support people with disabilities in our community."

Joining teams of local curlers were teams from the Town of The Blue Mountains, the Town of Meaford, 95.1 The Peak FM, The Collingwood Connection, Tracks Employment and Resource Centre, Simcoe County Association for the Physically Disabled, Curling Club of Collingwood, Special Olympics curlers and Breaking Down Barriers own Georgian Bay Breakers Sports Club.

Dave Erler, president of our major event partner, the Curling Club of Collingwood remarked " working in cooperation with the Town of Collingwood we are planning to effect significant changes to the Curling Club facility this summer. An elevator will allow all our curlers, notably our wheelchair curlers, to enjoy the fellowship of our lounge. As well, these changes will enhance the ability of the Curling Club to host major events like the Winter Games and the Paralympics."

For over 21 years, Breaking Down Barriers has been successful in promoting independent living in the Georgian Triangle area by encouraging community support and active participation of people with disabilities. We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support of this successful event. Over 70 businesses stepped up to the plate offering their support including major donations from: Saunders Book Company, Bruce Telecom, Collingwood Connection, 95.1 The Peak FM, Curling Club of Collingwood, rmd Communications, TK'S Kitchen & Catering and Sunshine On A Cloudy Day.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Tammie Buckler
Fundraising Coordinator
275 First Street, Unit 9
Collingwood, ON L9Y 1A8
Phone: 705-445-1543 x108
Fax: 705-445-1656
TTY: 705-445-1658
Toll Free: 1-800-843-6943

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