By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – If you want to help 114 kids find role models, the 37th annual Tim Hortons Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake event is right up your alley.
The non-profit’s Cornwall & District branch is hoping to raise $70,000 at its largest annual fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 7.
“Sign-up a team today and bowl one game to support a great cause,” said Amanda Brisson, local BBBS executive director.
There are currently 70 children matched with Bigs (adult mentors) and 114 on a waiting list hoping to be paired, as aforementioned.
Whether you throw a spare, a strike or even a gutter ball, Bill Makinson, BBBS president, encourages everyone to grab their bowling shoes and sign-up a team.
This popular event takes place at Olmypia Bowl and Nativity Bowling Lanes (Feb. 7) from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and again in Chesterville on Sunday, Feb. 8 at the same time.
Each teams, consisting of four to six players, will bowl for one hour to 90 minutes. Last year, over 200 teams signed-up.
Pledge forms and information about the event can be found by calling the BBBS office in Cornwall (613-933-8035) or checking out the agency’s website here.
“This is our flagship event,” said Makinson. “It’s 32 per cent of our budget.”
In 2014, Bowl for Kids’ Sake raised nearly $75,000.
This year’s honorary chair of Bowl for Kids’ Sake is ZWithC instructor Christal Bowen. Coun. David Murphy is event chair.
Tim Hortons franchises in Cornwall are the title sponsors of the event. Their selfless staff even donates a portion of their tips leading up to the fundraiser.
In addition, there are $3,000 of prizes up for grabs and a $500 cash prize from the Rotary Club of Cornwall. Teams can also compete in the best costume and best nickname contests. Every participant will also receive a free Tims’ voucher for a hot chocolate.
Seaway News is a proud sponsor of the event and will bowl under the name TC Media Kingpins.