Recipient Charities

Each October our group receives requests from local charities asking to be included in our next Curl For A Cause event.  Our committee reviews these applications and then determines which six charities we will focus our attention on for the following year.

For 2019 Curl For A Cause supported the following charities. Curl for a Cause will be selecting the 2020 charities in November:


Big Brothers Big Sisters


FEDS (Fergus Elora District Soccer)
Special Needs Soccer Programme


Centre Wellington Food Bank




The Children's Foundation




We ask each charity to give us a short write-up about their particular group, what they do and why our curlers should support them.  This is important because individual curlers collect pledges from their friends and family for a specific charity of their choice.   Following are the submissions from individual charities.  They may include a link to their own web site for your convenience if you wish to learn more about their organization.


 Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Centre Wellington


“Let’s Rock the House! Imagine who they will become because of you!”

When children facing adversity are intentionally placed with a positive adult, the likelihood of their future success increases and the risk of them being in harm decreases. That is what we do. This is an essential service for young people in our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington invites you to support our One to One Match Program for children from 5 to 18 years of age, who would benefit from intentional mentoring and support from a positive adult. It is a match between an adult (Big) and a child (Little).   It is the kind of match which often starts as a small commitment of time, but grows into a lifelong friendship.

With donations we may receive from “Curl for a Cause”, BBBSCW could fund more hours spent recruiting, screening, training, supporting and matching mentors with a well deserving child. It is our goal, to not only match the children on our waiting list, but to create more opportunities for other deserving children in need of a little helping hand and listening ear.

A Little Brother’s comment when asked how he felt about his match now after 6 years of being together, “I am so happy and grateful! My Big Brother feels just like family. We have so much fun and I know he is there for me anytime I need him.”

“My Big Sister is awesome, she has a funny personality, ‘our’ favourite colour is neon green, we both love to talk a lot and we have fun together!”  a Little Sister.  

Thank you for considering Big Brothers Big Sisters.  If you would like more information, please contact Kristen Drexler at 519-787-0106 ext. 223 or email :


Big Brother Mason
Big Brother Mason is supporting and coaching his Little Brother as they climb to the top at the Guelph Grotto!

Big Sister Karen

Big Sister Karen and her Little Sister make a cake as vibrant as their personalities and the times they have together!!




 Centre Wellington Food Bank


The Centre Wellington Food Bank

12-105 Queen St. W., Fergus, ON N1M 2W8 519-787-1401


With the generous support of our community the Centre Wellington Food Bank is making a true difference in the lives of over 265 families who urgently dFood Bank 2epend on our service. All Curl for a Cause proceeds will help fund not only our grocery program, which provides meat, dairy and hygiene products, but will also help fund 20 yearly community dinners sponsored by the Food Bank.

As the need for our services grows, we have increased the dollar amount spent on fresh and perishable foods. In 2016 we spent almost $18,000 on these foods but over the past year this number has increased to almost $26,000. This increase is not only related to the continued increase in new clients (especially retirees, children and newborns) but also to the increased cost of food.

As we have always stated, our commercial grade kitchen has been a great asset. This kitchen enables the Food Bank to prepare locally sourced, healthy alternative meals for its clients, as well as offering cooking classes for those interested. At present we are running a children’s cooking class that focuses on healthy eating, food awareness and kitchen skills. We have been so successful with this program that once again Food Banks Canada uses our cooking class as the best example for other groups to follow. For next year we are planning cooking classes for retirees that will address not just nutrition but also food budgeting.

Food Bank 1With our focus on education and building awareness around health and food security, the Food Bank’s other major goal is to help people develop positive life skills that will foster dignity and self-esteem. These initiatives have been noticed by Food Banks Canada and the Ontario Association of Food Banks as being the role model for other food organizations to follow. We feel honoured to say that it is not only the Food Bank that has been credited for this but also our community.

On behalf of the 265 families we currently assist, we are forever grateful for your support.



 Childrens Foundation of Guelph Wellington

Children's Foundation
of Guelph and Wellington

Poverty has a significant, life-long impact on children and youth. Those who have access to healthy social and physical environments live much healthier lives. At the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, we empower children and youth by connecting families with opportunities to build hope for lifelong change and break the cycle of poverty.

Adopt-A-Family Program

CF Adopt-A-Family

 We match donors with families in need in order to make Christmas shine a little brighter. Families are referred to us by social service agencies that have identified that they are in need. This past Christmas 1,134 families had presents under their tree and received grocery cards for a family holiday dinner. This program ensures all children get the chance to create holiday memories, even if their family is in a difficult financial situation.


Food & Friends Program

CF Food & Friends

Over 3,100 children in Centre Wellington arrive at school hungry. When students are provided a healthy breakfast, morning meal, lunch, or snack it results in increased academic performance, decreased negative classroom behaviours, increased social skills, and they learn about healthy eating habits. By bringing healthy food to hungry minds, we help students hunger for knowledge and not food.


Free to Grow Program

CF Free to Grow

Play, the arts, and other opportunities for social interaction early on in life can positively impact healthy child development by fostering selfconfidence, teamwork and leadership skills. This program provides a grant to low income families so that their children can participate in recreational and life-skill development activities. We were able to fund 126 activities for children from Centre Wellington last year with an average household income of $18,350. This program removes barriers of participation to help children develop emotionally and physically.


Scholarships Program

CF Scholarships

There is a critical need to support students as they move on from high school to seek post-secondary education. Recipients are identified as someone who has overcome adversity to graduate high school. 17 scholarships were provided to high schools in Guelph and Wellington, and one of those was given out at Centre Wellington District High School. Education is one of the most important factors in helping an individual break the cycle of poverty.


Thank you for helping us to invest in children and young people today to build brighter futures for tomorrow.

87 Waterloo Avenue Guelph, Ontario N1H 3H6 Telephone: 519-826-9551 Fax: 519-766-4870 Website:



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Fergus Elora District Soccer

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2019 Special Needs Soccer Programme and Festival

Our Mission

In 2010, a group of soccer players and coaches from our local soccer club (FEDS) decided to start a soccer program for adults with Special Needs in our community and surrounding area. Today, our Special Needs Soccer Program and Festival is known across Ontario. Our soccer club is the only soccer club in Ontario with a dedicated soccer program for adults with special needs.

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Weekly Summer Soccer Program:

We provide a summer soccer program that runs from May thru August. Our players (14 to 62 years old) come out once a week and participate in soccer activities in an environment where they feel comfortable. They are exposed to basic soccer skills, experience team play, social interaction, friendship, exercise and most importantly fun. In 2018, we had 36 players and 15 volunteers (coaches) involved in the program.

Special Needs Soccer Festival:

The Festival is a one day event when we invite groups from our community and across the province to join us for a day of fun and soccer. We have many fun activities, such as: arcade type games, face-painting, clowns, photo-booth, balloon artist, food and drinks and live entertainment. The Festival continues to be a huge success. Last year we had over 100 players and about 400 visitors and spectators. Our Festival is now entering its 6th year and it is the envied by all soccer clubs in Ontario. The Festival include participation from a growing number of local sponsors and supporters such as Township of Centre Wellington, Parks and Properties, Health Department, Tourism and Fire Department, OPP, St John’s Ambulance, Fergus Pipe Band, Community Living Guelph Wellington, our Mayor Kelly Linton and many more. In 2019, the Festival will be held on July 6th at Victoria Park, Fergus.

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 Kids Ability

Kids Ability Foundation

2019 Kids Ability



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Portage Ontario


  • In 1985, Portage opened Canada’s first residential substance abuse rehabilitation centre for adolescents in scenic Elora.
  • The 40 bed centre offers gender-separate programming and a school on site. Youth who have not completed High School are required to attend school and obtain their High School credits.
  • Admission requests are received through various sources in the community including: parents, family physicians, schools, Children’s Aid Societies and justice system, as well as self-referrals.


  • Treatment is based on the Portage therapeutic community approach.
  • The program is six months in residence followed by up to 24 months of aftercare in their home communities to help youth reintegrate into society and maintain sobriety.
  • Portage Ontario has helped over 4,000 youth rediscover the joys and rewards of a drug free self-reliant life and return home to their loved ones.
  • Programs are free of charge to youth.
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Portage: Tree Planting


  • Over 30% of youth we serve hail from the Centre-Wellington community.
  • Every youth who has come to Portage has contributed to the social fabric of Centre Wellington in one way or another; volunteering at community events like Riverfest, helping at the food bank, speaking to youth in local schools about evils of addiction, and helping at Church services. It is a mandatory part of a resident’s rehabilitation aimed at building leadership, respect for community and their own self- esteem.
  • After leaving Portage, some youth make Centre-Wellington their home. Those who have loved ones waiting in other cities leave with an unforgettable memory of Centre Wellington. Many return to Portage as volunteer mentors for new residents.
  • While at Portage, youth are provided with life transforming opportunities: experiential wilderness expeditions that reinforce positive character traits, youth ambassador opportunities that promote leadership, life skills and job readiness that empower youth, and bursaries towards post-secondary education.

Portage is more than just stopping drug abuse. It’s about gaining self-esteem, developing a healthy lifestyle, and acquiring the skills and competencies to be high functioning members of society.

Your support through Curl for a Cause will support at-risk youth from low income families, or youth who are homeless, to access immediate treatment at Portage, free of charge.

Get in touch if you know someone who needs help | 519 846 0945 (Admissions) | CRA
Charitable Registration No. 12915 1072 RR0001



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