Bowling for something big

Bowl For Kids Sake is a fun bowling fundraiser that supports mentorship programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley hosts their largest annual fundraiser Bowl For Kids Sake in March and April. Register now for upcoming dates at Chillibowl Lanes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley hosts their largest annual fundraiser Bowl For Kids Sake in March and April. Register now for upcoming dates at Chillibowl Lanes.

Slip on those bowling shoes, Chilliwack.

It’s time for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley‘s largest annual fundraiser,  Bowl for Kids’ Sake.

This non-competitive bowling challenge takes place in March and April across Chilliwack, Abbotsford, and Maple Ridge.

Whether you’re a high-scoring kegler or a beginner to the lanes, people of all ages are encouraged to form teams and collect pledges on behalf of Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS).

All proceeds support the range of mentorship opportunities offered by BBBS, which meet the varied needs of volunteers, children and families.

There are one-on-one mentorship for boys and girls, group mentorship programs, as well as education or sports-based mentorship options.

“It’s important to support mentorship programs because they often prevent at-risk youth from potentially going down the wrong path,” BBBS Executive Director Maureen Berlin explained.

Children who have a mentor are more likely to stay in school, less likely to engage in risky behaviour, and are more involved with volunteering and giving back to their community.

In 2015, the Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser raised over $55,000 across the Fraser Valley, which allowed the organization to provide mentorship and other services to 442 children thanks to community support and similar fundraising efforts.

Participants will have two hours of bowling time, shoe rental, pizza and snacks, door prizes and more.  Bowlers are encouraged to dress-up for the ‘Star Wars, Space Awakens’ theme to be entered to win special door prizes.

“For us as an organization, Bowl For Kids’ Sake is a way to engage with the whole community,” Berlin said. “No matter how old or young, almost everyone can bowl.”

Gather friends, family or co-workers to create teams of five or six people. The suggested goal for each team member is a minimum of $100 in pledges.

Chilliwack teams can select from the following bowling dates at Chillibowl Lanes (45916 Wellington Ave): April 5, April 13, or April 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each evening. Register quickly as spots are filling up.

Remember to bring your pledge sheet to the alley and arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time.

Learn more about the programs and volunteer opportunities at mentoringworks.ca.

Register a team and reserve your lanes with Bowl For Kids’ Sake online or by calling the office at 604-852-3331.