200 teams for Bowl for Kids Sake this weekend

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After a bit of a scare, the Tim Horton Bowl for Kids Sake has rebounded nicely.

A week ago the popular winter fundraiser for the local Big Brothers and Big Sisters office was more than 50 teams short for the annual event which takes place this weekend in Cornwall at Olympia Bowl and Nativity Lanes.

But, a last-minute push has helped organizers hit 200 teams and more than 1,200 bowlers.

Last year there were 213 teams.

Amanda Brisson, executive director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, said the drop in teams can be attributed to the downsizing of a pair of call centres in Cornwall.

Teleperformance and Star-Tek normally put together between 40 and 50 teams each year - but this year there were just three.

Still, she said the plea for help was heard loud and clear.

"Obviously you know this community, right?" she said in an interview. "People (in Cornwall and area) are very giving."

Bowl for Kids Sake is the chief fundraiser for the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters office, usually bringing in around $70,000 - which also includes an event in Chesterville next weekend.

"It really determines our budget for the year," said Brisson, adding if the goal is reached then there won't be any programming cuts.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cornwall and District is celebrating 40 years in service this year and 38 years completing the annual fundraiser which was once called “Bowl for Millions."

The bowling begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Cornwall.

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