The Soroptimist International of the Langleys had a team of bowlers involved in the The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley’s 37th Bowl for Kids Sake

Bowl for Kids Sake generates $35,000 for Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Bowlers stepped up to support a great cause over the weekend.

There were a few strikes and spares, a few pins left standing, and the occasional gutterball.

But ultimately, how the bowlers fared at Willowbrook Lanes last weekend was secondary to the cause, of brightening the lives of kids in need of an adult mentor.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley’s 37th Bowl for Kids Sake on April 8 and 9 generated more than $35,000 with a bit more money yet to come in – an increase of roughly $5,000 over last year.

The funds go to support BBBSL’s one-to-one mentoring matches, both community and school based, explained the organization’s executive director Mary Reeves.

“These are prevention services and the community can get behind the idea of supporting a child rather than waiting and trying to fix an adult,” Reeves said. “The cost benefit analysis is readily available and visible.”

The event featured prizes, snacks, and games as a means of raising money for the cause, and is sponsored by more than 20 companies

Reeves said each year, BBBSL receives “tremendous support from the Langley community.”

There are lane sponsors, prize donors and Panago donates all the pizzas for every bowling session.

“After 37 years of doing this, I guess there are always going to be new teams who try this out and find out how much fun it is,” Reeves said.

“It is a real family friendly event as well, which really taps into our service vision of supporting children. But then we also have so many faithful teams who have returned year after year.”

Each year, organizers try a different theme, and add some extras to make the fundraiser more attractive.

“With a board which is constantly changing, it helps to tap into new contacts and markets,” said Reeves, adding that the board was really supportive of the event this year.

“We had our highest ever online donations, which is so nice to see,” Reeves said. “People love it because it is fun and doesn’t take a lot of work.”

Reeves said Bowl for Kids Sake is a really fun event and very upbeat.

“It is awesome to see a really grateful mom of a ‘Little’ raise donations and come bowling because of the huge impact the program has had on her child,” Reeves said. “I can tell you that if all I had to hang onto was the awesome stories I get to hear, any fundraiser would be worth it for me.”

There are never enough resources to fit the need that is out there, Reeves said.

“Last year we served 350 children in Langley, this year it will be closer to 400,” Reeves said. “We had our waitlist almost cleared away at one point last year, but now we are back up to about 40 children.”

People who want to still donate can do so online by clicking here.

 

If anyone would like to help us reduce our waitlist by becoming a “Big” can email admin.langley@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

 

Just Posted

Odd Thouts: Tulips keep the news at bay

Time in the garden always offers perspective.

WIN: Langley thespian stars in upcoming ‘psychological thriller’

Langley’s Andrew Wood plays the role of Lieutenant Walker in Night Watch.

Make-A-Wish BC grants Langley girl’s wish

Mae Ten Haaf battled a brain tumour much of her young life, and recently returned from Disney World.

Vandals trash new washrooms in Langley City park

Less than two weeks after the Penzer Park facility opened, it had to be closed

Mark Warawa won’t run in the next election

Langley MP issues a statement about his impending retirement from politics.

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of Brunette overpass

Dash cam footage shows a vehicle speeding across a Lower Mainland overpass

Razor burn: Gillette ad stirs online uproar

A Gillette ad for men invoking the #MeToo movement is sparking intense online backlash

Lower Mainland teacher resigned after ‘inappropriate discussions’ with elementary students

Tracy Joseph Fairley resigned from Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows district April 23, 2018

Feds poised to bolster RCMP accountability with external watchdog

Long-anticipated move is the latest attempt at rebuilding the force following years of sagging morale

Canada needs a digital ID system, bankers association says

The Department of Finance last week officially launched its public consultation on the merits of open banking

Surrey needs 350 more cops, activist tells council

‘Right now we are 350 police behind what our population requires,’ politicians are told

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Most Read