Shelley Robertson’s first ever charity euchre tournament gathered almost 100 players competing for top spot. The event managed to raise an impressive $2,200 for Diabetes Canada. Glover photo
MORRISBURG – After its negative effect on her family, Shelley Robertson managed to find a way to combat the disease of diabetes by hosting her first charity Euchre tournament Sat., Jan. 5 at Morrisburg Legion, raising almost $2,200 for Diabetes Canada.
After hearing about radio station Hot 89.9’s campaign of marathons through Team Diabetes, Robertson wanted to take the leap and try for it. After overwhelming support, she wanted to keep the fundraising train going with the charity tournament.
“It started out innocently enough. My husband’s uncle has diabetes and so that was always at the back of my mind. My dad’s best friend also died from diabetes but the reason I did this is mostly because Hot 89.9 was always advertising that if you fundraise for them, you could go run a marathon in an undisclosed location,” she said; “So, I started doing it so that I could run the marathon in Scotland. I ended up raising enough money to do that but everyone was so supportive of me and asking what I was going to be doing next; so I figured that I’ll just keep fundraising. So, after this event, I’ll have raised enough money for two people to go to Scotland.”
Robertson managed to gain a substantial amount of support from the residents of Morrisburg, including food and drinks supplied from Valu-mart, her team of volunteers who helped organize, set up and clean up and all the competitors who came out for an afternoon of drinks, food, and friendly competition.
“Everything we make here today will be going towards Diabetes Canada,” said Robertson. “The amount of backing we’ve had for this event is just amazing. I just want to thank everyone for their contribution for making this possible and everyone who came out to have a good time today.”
With a score of 112, Chris Casselman and Tamara Crystal Merkley were the winners of the tournament out of almost 100 players. Jeff Cassel was the recipient of the 50/50 draw prize of $257.
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