Rollers bowl for the kids

An annual fundraiser in Langley adopted a retro theme last weekend.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley gave Bowl for Kids Sake a 1970s feel.

In all, 35 teams bowled March 8 and 9.

executive director Mary Reeves estimated that this year’s Bowl for Kids Sake will generate roughly $25,000 – about what was raised last year.

The beneficiary from the weekend of strikes, spares, and occasional gutter balls is BBBSL, which pairs adult volunteers (a.k.a. Bigs) with children in need of a mentor (Littles).

Funds raised will be used for three mentoring programs: traditional community-based matches, in-school mentoring matches (both adult and teen), and the Go Girls and Game On group programs. 

“These programs for the most part are preventative in nature and support children at risk of falling through the cracks and not reaching their full potential,” Reeves said. “All programs provide youth with a role model and a friend to talk to. The focus is on building positive, supporting relationships founded on trust and respect.”

Reeves said the weekend had a great vibe.

“We loved the costumes from the 1970s,” she said. “Clearly the Hardy Sales teams, Aldergrove Credit Union, and Soroptomists were [wearing] the most colourful and engaging costumes.”

The bowler adorned in the best individual costume took home a three-piece luggage set compliments of Travel Best Bets, and the best dressed team won a trophy. Panago donated pizza for every session and Subway Fraser Crossing donated cookies. 

This was a banner year in terms of corporate support, with the highest ever number of lane sponsors in event history.  

“It was nice to see some new businesses get on board this year,” said Reeves, who noted that all the money raised stays in Langley. “It is such a fun, entertaining and team building way to do good for the community and children in Langley.”

Hardy Sales had two teams bowling and raised the most money as a company team. Maxine D’Andrea and Tim Lounsbury were the top individual fundraisers.

BBBSL turning 40 is a milestone for a group.

“This is a year of celebration for our agency and all of the former and current volunteers,” Reeves said. “Littles and staff have played a role in why we are here today.”

For more about BBBSL visit its website at

Just Posted

Last year’s Langley volunteer extraordinaire pushes others to ‘give it a try’

Volunteering is incredibly gratifying and fun, says Sylvia Anderson in her call for 2019 nominees.

Langley runner nominated for B.C. university athlete of the year

Trinity Western’s Regan Yee ‘surprised and delighted’

Family band from Aldergrove wins youth music award

The Springmans won a Fraser Valley Music Award for their album Happy Beach.

VIDEO: Koch’s OT winner sends Giants to sixth straight victory

Three games, three cities, three victories for the Langley-based hockey G-Men.

Tardi earns first victory in quest for third national title

A Langley-based junior curling team is in Prince Albert, Sask. for the Canadian championships.

Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

Trudeau said the Liberals will offer Canadians hope amid issue like climate change and global tensions

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found on Vancouver Island

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Most Read