The COVID-19 pandemic has forced members of Sioux Lookout’s Skip to Equip Classic committee to postpone their annual fundraiser, which was scheduled for November, 2020.

The Skip to Equip Classic Women’s Curling fundraiser, sponsored by Bearskin Airlines, has been able to raise over $600,000 for long-term care facilities and the Meno Ya Win Health Centre over the last nine years. This year’s event would have been their tenth anniversary celebration.

The decision to cancel 2020’s events was due to the uncertainty around large gatherings and sporting events during the pandemic, said tournament organizers in a social media post. They add that local sponsors and generous patrons have also been dealing with financial burdens during these difficult times.

However, organizers say they are already planning for 2021’s events, with the theme of ‘Coming Together Again.”