Annual Toques and Mittens Bonspiel
Ethan Hobbs on the ice at the Chatham Granite Club
Teen Turns Favourite Sport into a Fundraiser
While many Canadian kids are slapping hockey pucks around,
Ethan Hobbs loves curling and prefers to deliver rocks. “Curling is
like a game of chess. It requires a lot of strategy and skill,” said the
13-year-old patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada.
Ethan has turned his favourite sport into a hospital fundraiser.
Organizing a Curling Tournament
With the help of family and friends, Ethan is organizing the second
annual Toques and Mittens Bonspiel, taking place next February at
the Chatham Granite Club in Ontario. Last year’s inaugural event
raised an impressive $3,000.
“Organizing a Bonspiel is a lot of work,” said Ethan. “But when
people learned we were raising funds for Shriners Hospitals for
Children, we heard a lot of positive comments, like ‘Shriners does
such great things for kids, and Shriners make miracles happen.’”
Both Hobbs Brothers Are Grateful Patients
Ethan and his older brother, Eric, are both being treated at the
Canada Shriners Hospital. Ethan has pes planus, or flat feet, a very
painful condition. Eric is being treated for idiopathic scoliosis, or
curvature of the spine.
“I am proud of my accomplishments. I am proud to be sponsored
by the Ahcom Shriners Club. I am grateful to the Mocha Shriners for
sponsoring my brother*,” Ethan said. “It is an honour to be known as
‘a kid helping other kids.’”
*The Shriners fraternity often sponsors children seeking care, but
sponsorship is not necessary to be a patient of Shriners Hospitals
Calling on all curling fans! Please support Ethan’s Toques and
Mittens Bonspiel. To do so, visit exceptionalcare4kids.com,
click “Donate Now” under “Ways to Give” and search for
“Ethan” in the personal fundraising pages.
REGISTER TO CURL
If you’d like to curl during the February
2016 Bonspiel, send us an e-mail at
and we will share your info with Ethan.