Big Brothers Big Sisters have named Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane as this year’s Honorary Chairperson for their 2014 Bowl for Kids Sake Campaign.
“We couldn’t be more pleased that Ms. Mac Farlane has joined us this year as our Honorary Chair. She is a mom herself, so understands the importance of supporting children in their young years, is a community leader and has a passion for making her community a better place to live. We couldn’t have a better match.” Margie Grant-Walsh, Executive Director of the local agency stated in a release.
Bowl For Kids Sake is a major fundraiser held across Canada supporting Big Brother Big Sister agencies. Pledges are collected and individuals, businesses, families and organizations bowl during the campaign. There will be a variety of events during March and April including the Wii bowling Tournament held in elementary schools, the Bank Challenge and Superbowl Saturday on Saturday, April 12.
“I am exceedingly honored and excited to be the Honorary Chair for the 2014 Bowl for Kids Sake Campaign,” MacFarlane said. “I am supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters because I know the return is colossal for the Little. I know the positive long term impact on the Little and the societal value of youth mentoring. The currency of mentoring is immeasurable. We need more people to engage in this worthy cause because there is a need for more support.”
Grant-Walsh said the past year was a challenging one for the organization but she believe a goal of $73,000 is attainable.
This year’s theme, “Be A Kid Again”, encourages people to think about what it was like to be a kid and how important your formative years were.
“Being a mentor with a young person makes you feel like you are a kid again, so it is not only the child that benefits, the whole community does,” she said. “Studies prove that children who have been mentored succeed at a much higher level than those from similar circumstances who have not been mentored. We send them on a different trajectory once they are matched. We want to give these children the best start in life that we can and we need our community to help make this happen.”
Participants and donors can visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters website http://www.bowlforkidssake.ca/ to register to bowl, set up a team, or donate to a bowler or just make a straight contribution. Receipts are generated instantly, credit cards can be used and you can see the pledges climbing as donations roll in.
“The other thing to keep in mind is you don’t have to come out and physically bowl,” Grant-Walsh said. “You can also take a pledge sheet or set up your sheet online and collect pledges, remember, it has nothing to do with bowling, it has to do with having fun and helping kids”
The year’s Kick Off Free Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will take place on Valentine’s Day from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Nova Scotia Community College. The breakfast is open to the general public.
The largest day of the event, Super Bowl Saturday will be held on April 12 at the Heather Bowling Centre in New Glasgow. Prizes will be awarded based on dollars raised and other activities.