There’s no better example of curling-as-community than Toronto Hope, a one-day charity bonspiel that raises money for local charities.

The inaugural event in 2019 was a fun-filled day of curling and entertainment, raising over $41,000 for the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital. Excited and humbled, we started to think about 2020.

When the pandemic hit and it become clear that we would not be curling in the fall, our organizing committee had a decision to make. And so, in the spirit of community and coming together, a virtual event was planned in lieu of an in-person one. Without the restrictions of location or club capacity, our community went national and we were thrilled to have some amazing guests join us including 2 Girls and a Game, Colleen Jones, Kevin Martin and Team Tracy Fleury.

Once again we harnessed our positive energy and raised over $20,000 for cancer research.

This is what is so special about curlers and curling – it’s a welcoming and friendly community that brings people together, for the fun of the game and in support of each other. And while we don’t know when, there’s no doubt that we will all #KeepCurling!