Northern Big Brothers Big Sisters announces Bowl for Kids

To anyone involved with North Wellington Big Brothers Big Sisters, February means Bowl for Kids.

The committee in charge of the event is encouraging the entire community to get involved, come out and bowl; and asking businesses to generously donate prizes.

Marnie Mainland, event coordinator, calls the north Wellington area a blessed and giving community and wants to thank locals in advance for their support. “We are conscious of the fact that we are in economically unsettled times and it is during these times that demand for our services increase,” said Mainland.

“We must raise $60,000 in this years Bowl for Kids campaign so that we can continue to provide service, free of charge to those in our community who depend on us.”

Mainland explained   demand is increasing for the Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one match program, as well as its In School Mentoring program.

At the same time, she said it is becoming more of a challenge to find appropriate volunteers to fill these positions.

“We must make every effort to give back childhood to our children, and make sure they are valued as individuals so that they in turn will grow up to be responsible caring parents, contributing members of society,” said Mainland.

“We understand not everyone is in a position to volunteer their time on a weekly basis as our Big Brothers, Big Sisters and In School Mentors do, but by coming to our  Bowl for Kids campaign you are helping out in a really big way because without money  we can not continue to provide our programs.”

Local residents may already have been approached by a Big Brothers Big Sisters representative to put a team in the Bowl for Kids 2010 campaign at the Mount Forest bowling lanes on Feb. 21 (for the Minto/Mapleton group and campaign kick-off),  Feb. 28 (Mount Forest group) and March 7   (Arthur group).

If you have not been contacted but would like to be included, call 519-323-4273. For more details and a complete prize list visit

“Every child who needs a mentor should have a mentor,” said Mainland.