By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Nearly 1,200 people hit the lanes for charity at a major fundraising event that helps Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) empower local kids through life-changing relationships.
The Cornwall and district chapter’s 2014 Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake rolled into another successful year on Saturday, raising a total of $70,761.
200 teams were ready to roll at Olympia Bowl and Nativity Lanes raising thousands for the non-profit organization’s seven youth mentoring programs.
Community members, service clubs, businesses, and of course Bigs and Littles, cheered and heckled their fellow teammates in a non-competitive battle for bragging rights.
David Murphy, event chair, said despite a slight drop in teams, the community really came together to help the agency continue to serve 440 children.
"The community never ceases to amaze me with its generosity," said Murphy.
He credited Amanda Brisson, BBBS executive director, Ann Bourdon, BBBS treasurer, and Steve Iwachniuk, event honourary chair, for their work coordinating the event.
Brisson said this event is by far the bread and butter of the agency.
"We currently have seven mentoring programs running in schools and in the community, and we're just happy that this event allows us to get out there and do that," she said.
Last year, the event raised approximately $64,000, roughly 30 per cent of their annual operating costs.
Storm Realty’s Iwachniuk trumpeted BBBS for inspiring children and teens to reach their potential.
“This is the best event of the year because the entire community participates,” said Brisson.
SD&G will have their chance to strike it big at the Counties Challenge Cup Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Chesterville Bowling Lanes.
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