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The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

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Scottish curling champ in the dark during Earth Hour challenge

Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:07am

Scottish curling champion Eve Muirhead was left in the dark when she agreed to take time out of her busy schedule to support WWF’s Earth Hour, which takes place on Saturday 31 March at 8.30pm.

The 21 year old from Perthshire took part in an unusual curling match in the dark at Dewars Ice Rink in Perth, when her team including Claire Milne and national team mate Vicki Adams squared up to the WWF Panda, Tiger and Polar Bear to help promote the annual event.  To sign up and find out who was the ultimate victor, see the fun film at www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour

WWF’s Earth Hour, supported in Scotland by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, has become a global phenomenom and last year millions of people in 134 countries worldwide took part. Some of world’s most recognisable landmarks went dark including the Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower. In Scotland almost 500 schools joined hundreds of businesses, organisations and community groups for the big switch off.

This year in addition to lights-out at iconic Scottish locations like Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Bridge, WWF is encouraging community groups and local organisations to join in the fun.  Ideas for celebrating Earth Hour include: star-gazing, torch-lit nature walks, candle-lit suppers or pub-quizzes and even games of curling in the dark.

Dr Richard Dixon, Director of WWF Scotland said:

“WWF’s Earth Hour is all about having fun, while sending a message that you care about the effects of climate change.  This curling game in the dark is just an example of how you can get involved and do something unusual.  It was great Eve Muirhead and her team were able to take time out to support Earth Hour and I would like to thank her and Dewars Ice Rink for being such good sports.”

Eve Muirhead said:

“I was delighted to support WWF’s Earth Hour with the curling  match at Dewars Ice Rink.  It is such a simple way for people to show they care about the effects climate change is having on nature and people.  All you have to do is flick the switch on Saturday 31 March at 8.30pm.  I will certainly be encouraging my friends and family to get involved and do something fun that night.”

Jo Bucci from People’s Postcode Lottery said:

“We are really excited to be supporting WWF’s Earth Hour in Scotland.  The People’s Postcode Lottery believes in a better world for people and planet, exactly what Earth Hour is about.  We’ll be encouraging all of our players to switch off and get involved on the night.”

WWF’s Earth Hour – 8.30pm, Saturday 31 March 2012. For more information about WWF’s Earth Hour http://www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour