The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
This month Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is looking to the public to help provide a positive mentor for children facing adversity and to put $130,000 in the fundraising coffers.
On Feb. 25 BBBS will be holding the Bowl for Kids Sake event in Niagara. It holds this fundraiser every year and looks to the community to have some fun and help raise money for the organization. Bowl for Kids Sake is a national event.
BBBS has been in operation for over 100 years. The goal is to help children facing challenges in their lives by providing a mentor, someone who can give advice, listen or just hang around with the children and play a positive role in their lives.
Previous Bowl for Kids Sake events have raised up to $110,000 through individual and corporate donors. Regional sponsors include Cogeco and Tim Hortons.
There are five BBBS agencies in Niagara: Grimsby, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and South Niagara, which includes Welland, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Pelham.
Adam Boyd, a student in Niagara College’s Recreation and Leisure Services program, is working with BBBS to spread the word about Bowl for Kids Sake.
“Last year Niagara College only had four or five teams participate in Bowl for Kids. This year we are looking for closer to 12 to 15 teams.”
Teams can be four to six people. Each player must raise $50 to participate.
The event includes games and shoe rental.
Bowl for Kids Sake in Welland will be held at the Bowl-O-Rama Lanes at 968 Niagara St.
There are three times slots available: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
“The 4:30 [p.m.] time is geared more for the college students,” says Boyd, adding that Bowl-O-Rama is also a licensed facility for those who want to have an alcoholic drink while they bowl.
Barb Van Der Heyden, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara, says this year the organizers are adding what they hope will be an annual contest between the Niagara College Welland campus and Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
“The winning team will receive a trophy for their campus … and the top team will receive prizes appropriate for college students,” says Heyden.
The event has a disco theme this year, so all are invited to dust off their best bell-bottomed pants and come out.
There will be door prizes as well as prizes for best dressed, single highest pledge as well highest overall pledges for a team.
Forms are available at Tim Hortons locations.
You can also go online at bbbsinniagara.ca to register your team or to donate.