‘Strike’ out waiting list for big brothers, sisters

Like the bowling ball heading down the alley, the excitement is building for a chance to strike out a wait list for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall and District. Pictured, from left, BBBS President Bill Makinson, Honorary Chairwoman Christal Bowen, BBBS caseworker Vanessa Primeau and Tim Hortons franchise owners Nelson and Michelle Matos. The BBBS Bowl for Kids Sake is Feb. 7-8, 2015 in Cornwall and Chesterville. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
Like the bowling ball heading down the alley, the excitement is building for a chance to strike out a wait list for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall and District. Pictured, from left, BBBS President Bill Makinson, Honourary Chairwoman Christal Bowen, BBBS caseworker Vanessa Primeau and Tim Hortons franchise owners Nelson and Michelle Matos. The BBBS Bowl for Kids Sake is Feb. 7-8, 2015 in Cornwall and Chesterville. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Giving 114 kids a role model to look up to is the goal for the 2015 edition of the Tim Hortons Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake.

That’s how many children in SD&G are on a waiting list looking for a big brother or big sister, according to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall and District Executive Director Amanda Brisson.

Officials held an official launch Thursday afternoon at Olympia Bowl on Ninth Street and to also introduce this year’s honourary chairperson – Christal Bowen of Zumba with Christal.

“Our honorary chair is somebody who we feel is really supportive of what we do…our mission…and someone who believes in the betterment of our community. We’re really happy to have Christal come on board this year to help promote the event and basically to bring that youth back,” said Brisson.

This is the 37th year for the event, which is being held Saturday Feb. 7 from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Olympia Bowl and on Sunday Feb. 8 in Chesterville.

The goal this year is $70,000 – the same amount raised as last year.

“This is our signature, our flagship event. The $70,000 we raised last year was 32 per cent of our budget,” said BBBS President Bill Makinson.

In 2014 there were over 200 teams, made up of four to six players, and a total of 1,200 bowlers.

But the big winners will be the children as the money is used to allow the agency’s two case workers to conduct research and interviews to pair children with “bigs” – a term used to describe an adult mentor.

Right now there are 70 “littles” who are matched up.

You can get more pledge forms and information on the agency’s website and by also calling the office at 613-933-8035.

 

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