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Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids Sake event selects honorary chairs

Ready, set, bowl!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County is gearing up again to host its largest fundraiser, the annual Bowl of Kids Sake event, which will be held as a virtual event this year in keeping with the health guidelines necessitated by COVID-19. And it even has a fitting theme for 2021: Maskqurade Ball.

The 2020 event had to be cancelled due to the uncertainty surrounding the worldwide health pandemic. But despite that, the Pictou County agency still managed to raise more than $38,000, compared with the more than $65,000 raised in 2019.

For 2021, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a goal set of $45,000 to raise through sponsorship and donations.

The format will be modified this year as well and fundraising has never been so easy. Pledges can be collected from family and friends across the globe through the online fundraising platform (on Canada Helps), or through paper pledge sheets. These sheets can be submitted in two ways this year: either take a picture of your pledge sheet and send an e-transfer of your total pledges to OR drop off donations and pledge sheets at the Scotiabank in Stellarton.

While the annual breakfast kickoff event will still take place this year, it required a few changes as well — in location, menu and service style. This year, the Tim Hortons Breakfast Kick Off event for Bowl for Kids Sake will be this Friday, Feb. 26. Big Brothers Big Sisters is encouraging you to do a curbside pick up of your carry out breakfast (which will include a $5 Tim Horton’s gift card) and your participant kit for this year’s event. Teams and participants are encouraged to drop by the Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 323 MacGregor St., New Glasgow, any time on February 26, starting at 6 a.m. They are doing curbside pick up of your participant kit, for your breakfast you will get a free Tim Hortons gift card, and some tasty extras, while supplies last. Big Brothers Big Sisters needs your help to reach their fundraising goal.

This year Bowl for Kids Sake will look a little different, but the spirit of the event will remain the same. Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director of the local organization said, “Covid has hit us hard. We truly need your support. We will be holding this year events “Covid style”, following all protocols as set out by the Department of Public Health. Safety is our first concern with everyone. Our plan is to host more smaller events instead of one big day. People are also wanting to have fun and this is a great opportunity to do that while supporting the work that we do.”

This year the agency is celebrating the local essential workers in grocery stores and all the hard work they are doing during the pandemic by selecting three honorary chair people: Justine Jollimore (Sobeys Pictou), Stephen MacDonald (Sobeys Westside New Glasgow) and Susan Cameron (SuperStore New Glasgow). When asked what they are looking forward to with this years Bowl for Kids Sake. Jollimore commented, “I’m really excited to be a part of the community.” Cameron mentioned that she is happy to participate this year — “Especially with everything going on in the world, I am excited to rally my team and do something FUN!” MacDonald, who is the OHS person for the store, remembered mentors from his life and said, “They all lead by example — and helped make me have a positive outlook on life.” He said, “I’m happy to help with Big Brothers Big Sisters, they provide kids with needed figures.” These staff members have a combined 73 years serving Pictou County.

There have never been more ways to get involved with Bowl for Kids Sake. Project coordinator Mary Theriault stated, “We are hoping to have an in-person event this year, but we are also going to be accommodating fundraisers online as well. There will be lots of announcements coming up and incentives to participate this year — so make sure you sign up. There are things like ticket sales that can be added to your pledge sheet, and more ways to get involved without leaving your house, too.”