Bowl for Kids fundraiser kickoff held

Adam MacInnis
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Goal of $73,000 set for this year’s event

Organizers for this year’s Bowl for Kids have big goals for helping little people.
A kickoff breakfast was held Friday morning at the NSCC campus in Stellarton with a large turnout, which offers hope for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County that this year’s event could be a strong one.


Samantha MacLean, Dax Taylor, Quinn DeMings, Hailey Young and Maddox Worthen of the Kinder Campus Day Care enjoy some pancakes at the Big Brothers Big Sisters breakfast kickoff for their Bowl for Kids campaign.

Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director of the organization, said the past year was a challenging one for the local agency but she believes a goal of $73,000 is attainable. Already about 50 teams have signed up for the April 12 event which helps cover the cost of programs.

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.

“Pictou County never ceases to amaze me,” said Grant-Walsh. “My belief is if people want the service they’ll support it.”

And every year they have.

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. Prizes are awarded for teams that have the best costumes and who raise the most.

Karla MacFarlane, Pictou West MLA, was named honorary chair for the event and was at the kickoff to help promote the fundraiser.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been in Pictou County for more than 30 years and last year provided mentoring either through Bigs and Littles or through the in-school mentoring program to more than 300 youth in this region.

She said she is excited to participate in the fundraiser and has set a personal goal of getting $2,000 for the organization. If she doesn’t she said she will shave her head.

Participants and donors can visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters website 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.

Don’t bowl? That’s OK too. Grant-Walsh said they’re happy to receive support from people whether they end up bowling in the end or not.

Organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Geographic location: Pictou County, Canada

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