Dress up as your favourite Star Wars character and knock over a few pins in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The annual Bowl For Kids Sake fundraiser takes place March 12 at the Valley Bowling Lanes in Winkler and Executive Director Michael Penner says they hope to raise $35,000 to continue mentoring programs in the region.
Penner says they are currently in the process of hiring another staff member to keep up with the number of matches, "it's a little bit too much for myself," he says.
BBBS currently serves 62 children and youth, both through the organization's one-to-one mentoring, along with programs like In-School Mentoring, Couples for Kids, Kicks for Kids and Go Girls!
"Lots of kids being mentored, lots of change happening, lots of difference being made," Penner says.
Penner took to the lanes earlier this week for a practice game together with Winkler Mayor Martin Harder and City of Winkler Councillor Henry Siemens. You can watch the video below:
"This is of course our premiere fundraiser, and so we really need it to do well so we can support all the programs we are running," Penner says. "A really solid turnout and raising a significant amount of money just helps us end the year well."
Along with finding a wookie costume for the Star Wars theme, participants are encouraged to form a team of four and begin gathering pledges. Penner explains it's a chance to have fun while making a lasting positive difference in the community. All funds raised stay in the community to support local mentoring.
"Businesses love it, it's a great coworker bonding time, it's a lot of fun," he says.
Mayor Martin Harder says seeing over sixty kids being mentored is awesome, and the positive results can be seen throughout the region.
"We're just absolutely delighted to be partner with them," Harder says.
Prizes will be handed out for the top fundraisers and best costumes. A silent auction is also part of the day's events.
To sign up a team or become a sponsor call 204-325-9707 or visit Morden-Winkler BBBS online here: http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/mordenwinkler/en/Home/default.aspx