Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton wrapped up another annual Bowl for Kids Sake in Lindsay and Minden with a whopping $28,000 raised.

The participants who raised the most pledges were awarded prizes for their amazing efforts to raise the most money. The top individual was Daryl Moore from Minden Lions Club who brought in $1,000; second highest was James Mulhern from Lindsay & District Labour Council at $790; and third highest was Robert Morrin from the Bahai Group with $560. These three participants will win one of three prizes from Boston Pizza ($150 Gift Certificate), Lindsay Krown Rust Control Centre (car application) and Cardinal Coach Tours ($150 Gift Certificate). Other notable fundraisers were Tamara Grisdale ($535), Thomas deBoer ($520), Jamie Cowell ($380.75) and Meredith Svetec ($350) who will each receive a large pizza from Square Boys Pizza. The top team was the Lindsay & District Labour Council raising $1,365, who were awarded a table for eight at the organization's upcoming BIG Dinner/Auction.

The funds raised through this event remain in our community to support one to one mentoring programs that assist children with reaching their full potential. The Social Return on Investment is $18 for every dollar raised through this event.

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank all those that participated in this year’s event, whether it was the bowlers, lane sponsors, prize sponsors, volunteers or the owners of the bowling lanes. Together we are assisting children and youth with becoming contributing community members. Children and youth who have had the benefit of a friendship with a caring mentor are more likely to complete a post secondary education, find higher paying employment, donate back to the community at a higher rate and volunteer their time to their community; realizing the social return on investment into mentoring programs.

Those who would like to consider mentoring can contact the organization at 705-324-6800 or visit

Local NewsDeb Crossen