Serving children is what Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County does best and including them in their major fundraiser Bowl for Kids Sake is important.
This year, however, has proved to be somewhat of a challenge.
The agency’s main student event, a Wii Bowling Challenge that usually happens in the elementary and middle schools, is unable to take place in the schools. With the teachers’ “work to rule” in place, it presents a barrier the local agency hopes can be overcome.
Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director of the local organization says, “We have been involved with more than 10 local schools where we bring the Bowl for Kids Sake event to them through Wii bowling, and have done this for the past number of years. This year with the “work to rule” situation we are unable to carry out many of the tasks leading up to the event as the teachers play an important role in distribution of packages, permission slips and overall support.”
Because of this, the agency’s plan is to move the event to the bowling alley on “Scotiabank Youth Day” taking place on April 4 when the agency will hold the “Swiss Chalet & Michelin School Challenge”.
“Last year, we raised over $10,000 through the elementary schools and this would be a substantial loss. We are hopeful that our event will get our students out supporting their community at an event that is their own,” Grant-Walsh says.
The event will be held at the Heather Lanes on April 4 and will feature cosmic bowling, prizes and the Canadian theme, Bowl for Kids Eh?
Grant-Walsh adds, “We are hoping schools come out as teams or even individuals. There is room for everyone and we need their support. There will be prizes for the top money raisers for each of the three hours as well as other great incentives. “Spin the Wheel” will even make an appearance,” she laughs.
“Although it is a fundraiser, we want our children to grow up knowing the importance of contributing to their community.”
Bowl For Kids Sake is a major fundraiser held across Canada supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Pledges are collected and individuals, businesses, families and organizations bowl during the campaign. To register and get your package call 902-752-6260.
Planning this year’s Wii Bowling Challenge as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County’s annual Bowl for Kids Sake event are, from the left: Amy Lockhart, mentoring co-ordinator, Mary Frances Galvin, project co-ordinator and Roxanne MacLean-Swinamer, mentoring co-ordinator. (Submitted photo)