The Greater Halifax Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake raised nearly $210,000 this year, thanks in part to Burnside companies such as Xerox.
There were five bowling teams at Xerox for this year’s event and together they were able to raise more than $3,000. One team, captained by Jill Saunders, held a series of different events to raise its pledge of $500. Saunders and teammates Erin Cunningham, Kelly O’Hanley, Tara Kennedy and Elizabeth Hill participated in a pancake breakfast, rallied friends and family through the Internet and posted team pledge sheets so co-workers could give to the team (instead of feeling they had to support each member individually).
Saunders says the biggest way they raised money was through a change drive.
“We each had bowling pin shaped coin banks on our desks and as we told everyone, every penny counts. We raised more than $50 this year with the drive. Nobody likes to roll pennies so people are happy to throw them in the bank,” Saunders says.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake campaign is the largest, annual fundraiser for the agency, with teams from all over Greater Halifax participating.
“I’m overwhelmed with the amount of support shown by this community,” says Trevor Stevenson, chair of the campaign. “These great fund raising results mean we can get more children involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. The demand for these programs is ongoing, which is why the support of our bowlers and donors is so important.”
“Bowlers and pledges make our youth mentoring programs possible and the need has never been greater,” says Carol Goddard, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax. “Right now, there are more than 100 children on our waiting list who could benefit from a relationship with a supportive adult. The need for our programs is ongoing and as we match one of these young people, another will take his or her place on the waiting list. To meet this constant demand, we need the help of Haligonians.”
This campaign is dedicated to driving local funds towards local kids in need of a mentoring relationship. The funds are used exclusively to support children and youth mentoring programs, match “Bigs” with “Littles”, maintain existing relationships, recruit new “Bigs” and form new matches. Donations ultimately strengthen the community by helping children and youth to learn, grow and succeed.
Visit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax at www.bigbrothersbigsistershalifax.ca.