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Bowl for Kids Sake looking to grow

Two locations and two dates on tap for important fundraiser
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Niagara are excited about this year's Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake. File photo

This year’s Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids’ Sake event is expected to be bigger than ever with two locations (Parkway Social in St. Catharines and Cataract Bowl in Niagara Falls) and two dates, Feb. 25 and 28. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara (BBBSN) is encouraging everyone to start or join a fundraising team and to wear their best costumes because this year’s theme is “Night at the Movies.”

The BFKS event holds historical prominence for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara as their top fundraising initiative – accounting for nearly 20 per cent of their annual operating budget. Last year with generous support from the community, the 2022 event enabled Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide life-changing mentorship to 90 children and youth that were waiting for a caring adult mentor. This year, the goal is to raise $130,000 through the Niagara Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids’ Sake to over 100 children and youth to be moved off the waitlist.

“We are excited to host our 2023 Tim Hortons Bowl For Kids’ Sake event for the first time ever as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara”, says Erin Graybiel, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara. “This event has a long-standing history in Niagara and is getting bigger thanks to the support of our community. There are plenty of opportunities for individuals and businesses to get involved and we strongly encouraging all to do so.”

BBBSN is thrilled to have Tim Hortons’ support for their 19th year as title sponsor of Bowl For Kids’ Sake. Tim Hortons commitment to fostering the strengths within youth and empowering them to pursue a life without limits is demonstrated through their Community Leaders Program that shows their undeniable commitment to bettering the lives of youth in our community.

“As a group, Tim Hortons store owners are big supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters and know how important their fundraiser Bowl For Kids Sake is,” says Cathy Hopkins, Tim Hortons store owner in Niagara. “Our partnership is a good fit because we want to focus on young people and on investing in our community. We also know how important having a mentor can be in a child and youth’s life.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters has an urgent need for volunteers to mentor children and youth in Niagara. This shortage coupled with the thorough onboarding process has resulted in a growing waitlist of children and youth waiting to be matched. Across Niagara, there are currently close to 300 children and youth that are eagerly awaiting their opportunity to be matched with a mentor who will have a meaningful impact on their life. Funds raised will expand the agency’s 
efforts to recruit, screen, train and monitor matches to promote a safe and positive experience for everyone involved.