Monday, January 21, 2008

Frozen-chicken fling in the name of charity

The St. Catharines Standard - Thursday, January 17, 2008

By Standard Staff

A bird-brained fundraiser in Port Dalhousie will go ahead as planned in two weeks, but the venue remains up in the air. Weather will determine whether the eighth annual Chicken Chuckin' Championships on Sunday, Jan. 27, are held on the ice of Martindale Pond or at nearby Lakeside Park.

The pond, off Rennie Park, is the preferred location of organizers, provided it's cold enough to be frozen. If ice conditions are poor, the event will be moved to Lakeside Park, as it was last winter.

The event, sponsored by the Kilt and Clover pub, challenges participants to chuck frozen chickens along the ice for points in the style of curling or shuffleboard.

Money raised by the event will be donated to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Kinsmen Club's cystic fibrosis campaign. Food donations are also being collected for Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold's food bank.

Last year's competition raised $1,010 for Community Care.

The entry fee is $20 per team of four.

Participants and spectators are also encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items.

Teams are urged to register before Jan. 27. The competition is scheduled to begin at noon, but participants are requested to report to the Kilt and Clover, on Lock Street, at 10 a.m.

More information is available by calling David Prentice or Paul Smith at the Kilt and Clover at 905-646-8917.

How You Can Help

Send a letter to The Standard expressing your concerns over using the dead remains of animals as shuffleboard or curling pieces. You can email your letter to:

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The St. Catharines Standard
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St. Catharines
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