By Colin MacLean
Break out the bowling shoes and polish that ball, it‚Äôs almost Bowl for Kids Sake time.
This year‚Äôs events will be March 2 and March 3, locally at the Credit Union Place‚Äôs bowling lanes.
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Last year‚Äôs the Co-operators Insurance Bowl for Kids Sake team really got into the 1980s theme.
This is one of two major fundraisers that Big Brothers Big Sisters holds every year, so the support from the community is incredibly important, said Heather Doran, communications and development manager with the organization.
It‚Äôs also a lot of fun, she added.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just a great chance for businesses or friends to get together,‚ÄĚ she said.
This year‚Äôs Bowl for Kids Sake is also special in that 2013 is the 100th anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Canada. As such, all the teams have been encouraged to dress up as their favourite decade of the past 100 years while they bowl.
This year is also special because the local organization has started to mix an anti-bullying theme into its program.
That‚Äôs been in the works for a while here and has been incorporated successfully in other parts of the country, said Myron Yates, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters P.E.I.
Unfortunately, bullying is a fact of life for many of the kids and teens helped by Big Brothers and Big Sisters, he said, so it makes sense to focus attention on efforts to stamp it out.
‚ÄúOur volunteers spend so much time with kids and those issues do come up. It‚Äôs helpful for mentors and our volunteers in both programs, the traditional and the in-school mentoring, to be able to provide a little bit of guidance and support if kids do bring the issue up,‚ÄĚ said Yates.
Anyone who would like more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters, or would like to sign up a team for Bowl for Kids Sake, can do so online at www.bigbrothersbigsisterspei.org.