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When one member lost a friend to prostate cancer, the club banded together and decided to do something.Mark Spowart/The Globe and Mail

The donor: Members of the London Curling Club

The gift: Raising $47,500 and climbing

The cause: London Health Sciences Centre Regional Cancer Program

The London Curling Club is among the largest in Southwestern Ontario with about 650 members. When one member lost a friend to prostate cancer, the club banded together and decided to do something.

A group of senior members organized an annual curling tournament to raise money for the cancer program at the London Health Sciences Centre. The event, called the Curl for Prostate Cancer, has been held at the London-based club in 2015 and 2016, and has raised $47,500 in total. Next year's tournament is expected to take place in January.

"We had an idea to raise money for a number of years," said Harry Steele, 77, who is a member of the organizing committee. Mr. Steele said the tournament, which also includes a silent auction, was aimed at the older club members at first, but now members of all ages participate.

"It really gives senior members and the club something to get into," he said. "There is a lot of fellowship. And that comes from people working together for a common goal."

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