Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: kozzi.com
The Bowl for Kids Sake has become the biggest fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yukon
Kudos to Mad Trapper Alleys. The generosity of this business has enabled Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yukon to hold their annual fundraiser.
Over the past few years Bowl for Kids Sake has become the biggest fundraiser for the organization. Bowl for Kids Sake raised over $20,000 last year in support of mentoring programs for Yukon youth.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has been providing mentoring programs for 37 years. There are two main programs.
The In School Mentoring Program provides one-on-one support for children. Students are usually referred by their school-based team. Volunteers come into the school and support the student within the classroom or school setting.
The other main program is the Community Mentoring Program, which provides one-on-one support for children in the general community. Parents often ask on behalf of their child. In all cases the child or youth has to want to have a mentor.
Shelby Maunder is the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yukon. She is also the caseworker based in Whitehorse. Big Brothers Big Sisters also has caseworkers in Watson Lake and Dawson City.
Volunteers are always needed. In fact, right now there is a waiting list of children and youth requesting a mentor.
Mentors and their little brothers or little sisters can do a wide range of activities together, such as swimming at the Canada Games Centre, watching movies, baking and even bowling.
One pairing enjoyed creating videos during their time together. Another pairing built a bike together. Often a child or youth might have an interest, but no one in the immediate family is able to help explore that interest. So a Big Brother or Sister can encourage and help the child.
A one year commitment is asked of volunteers. Volunteers can visit with their little brothers or little sisters once a week or bi-weekly. A mentor must first submit an application to the organization indicating their interest in a little sister or brother. The caseworker conducts an interview with the volunteer. Police checks and references are required. Once volunteers are approved they participate in a volunteer training program. Women are usually matched to a girl, men to boys; but there have been cross gender pairings. Big Brothers and Big Sisters provide consistency, safe spaces and fun for children and youth.
Mad Trapper Alleys in Riverdale will be a busy and fun place on April 24. There are a number of ways to get involved with this fundraising event. Teams of up to six bowlers can participate. Ask your co-workers or neighbours to participate in your team. You might consider sponsoring a lane for one game or for the whole day. Major sponsors are welcome; call 668-7911 and ask for the executive director. Door prize and silent auction items are needed, as well.
The Bowl for Kids Sake fundraising event is open to the public, so even if you are not participating in the actual bowling you can come and watch. You might be encouraged to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a sponsor or mentor.
As Sunday, April 24 comes closer, look for details about times for games at Mad Trapper Alleys. The bowling alley is located at 95 Lewes Blvd.
For more information about the Bowl for Kids Sake fundraising event go to www.BBBSofYukon.ca or call 668-7911.