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Harrison House curls for wishes

Although spring may have arrived on campus, Harrison House wants to keep the students of UNB involved in a chilly winter pastime — at least for one more afternoon.

“Curling for Wishes is Harrison House’s annual big fundraiser for our house charity, which is the Children’s Wish Foundation,” says Adam Travis, one of the house’s charity representatives.

On March 29, Curling for Wishes will be taking place at the Capitol Winter Club.

In this event, which runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., students compete against each other in teams of four, playing the fast-paced game of curling.

The afternoon promises to be one full of wholesome, Canadian fun.

The year 2014 marks the fifth Curling for Wishes event hosted by Harrison House, and the Huskies are eager to take on their opponents.

“I just think it’s a great opportunity to try out something different on a Saturday afternoon instead of sitting around doing nothing,” says Monica Norman, co-charity representative. “And it’s all going to a great cause as well.”

Travis and Norman are no strangers to philanthropy, having been involved with various charitable organizations throughout high school. Although they have experience with many different causes, the Children’s Wish Foundation holds a special place in their hearts.

The Children’s Wish Foundation has been in operation since 1984, granting wishes to Canadian children who have been diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness. As the organization approaches its 30th anniversary, they are proud to announce that they’ve granted wishes to 20,000 children across Canada.

Each wish is tailored specifically to the child’s interests, and can range anywhere from a trip to Disney World to meeting their favourite professional hockey player. These wishes are guaranteed to make a difference in the life of a young person who may otherwise have missed out on many typical childhood experiences.

While they can’t make up for the difficulties the child has gone through, they offer a temporary relief from the stress that comes from living with a chronic illness.

In addition to the initial cost, the Charity Committee will also be selling raffle tickets on a gift basket which features gift cards from several of Fredericton’s hot spots.

“We were lucky enough to receive gift certificates from the Cellar, Dolan’s Pub and Booster Juice, so don’t forget to purchase a ticket,” said Norman.

Do you think your residence or group of friends has what it takes to be crowned kings and queens of the ice? If interested in registering for this year’s Curling for Wishes event, please contact Monica Norman at monica.norman@unb.ca, or any other Harrison House resident.

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