Mother to the rescue

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

It has rapidly become the year of the Christmas Cheer Board Challenge.

And it is mostly my friends in the curling world who are getting involved.

First, the most interesting one. Tony Loran, icemaker at the Granite Curling Club, called to offer perhaps the most unique challenge ever.

Some of the Mother Club's board members were cleaning out the boiler room and discovered a curling rock made of iron from back in the early days of the Roarin' Game.

"It's made of solid iron and weighs about 95 pounds," Loran said.

"It's concaved in the middle and must have been one of the original rocks from 1912 or earlier."

Here's the challenge: The Granite is offering to allow any interested parties to try to deliver the hunk of iron for $5 a throw, with all proceeds going to the Christmas Cheer Board through our Empty Stocking Fund.

From Tuesday to Friday, you can try your luck -- and we hope you have a no-lift delivery -- each day between 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. or 4-5:45 p.m. But throw at your own risk. And bring a camera.

For more info, contact Loran at the Granite.

DRIVER CHALLENGE: And here's another curling-related one. Our old pal, Darlyne Fathers, the bar manager at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club, called to issue a challenge from her sister. Debbie Cloutier, who is employed as a truck driver for Darcol International, will pony up $20 for the Empty Stocking Fund and is challenging all other drivers to at least match it. Great idea and I would love to hear from some of my old driver friends out there.

SOCKO CHALLENGE: Then there's my good friend from the football world, Bob Sokalski. The Pitblado barrister has sent us $500 and is challenging all other lawyers to at least match it.

"Let's get all the 'legal eagles' out there to respond to the 'Annual Socko Challenge' to support the Christmas Cheer Board, and let's start the bidding with $500," he penned.

You really think we can get other lawyers to part with their money for the Cheer Board's needy kids? What about it 'legal eagles?' Can you beat Socko? We will include a separate list of all individuals and/or legal companies answering this challenge.

OLD FRIENDS: Once again, we heard from our old friend, Bruce (Juice) Johnson, of Performance Landscaping and sorry I missed you. But thanks for the gift. Both Johnson and Sokalski were instrumental in hosting our now-defunct Cheer Board Bash at the old Rorie Street Marble Club/Wise Guys and we would love to find a way to revive our best ever single-night fundraiser somewhere ... Then there's my old anonymous friend from my days at The Bay Warehouse. Thanks guys and have a great Christmas.

CD WINNERS: Now, thanks to our resident bean counter, Sandy Ehrich, who picked them at random from the list of those who have donated thus far, we have our first two CD winners. Jean Dupley and Patricia McKelvey can come down to pick a pair of CDs (your choice) at The Sun's reception desk between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Congrats.

MAILING: Please send whatever you can spare to The Sun's Empty Stocking Fund, 1700 Church Ave., Wpg., Man. R2X 3A2. Receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more.

Today's Good People:

Bob Sokalski ... $500

Red River Sports Collectors' Association ... $200

'On Behalf of the Clients of Performance Landscaping' ... $100

Philip Blaydon ... $100

Herbert and Mary Sanger ... $100

Glen and Helen McBride ... $50

Richard Askew ... $50

'In Memorium of Amber and Family' ... $50

Anonymous ... $50

Les Thompsett ... $25

Today's Total ... $1,225

Total to Date ... $5,706


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