The 32nd annual Heartland Youth Centre Bowl for Kids fundraiser is set to run Feb. 21st. Photo submitted

Roll a strike with the Bowl for Kids fundraiser

Heartland Youth Centre Bowl for Kids needs teams, pledges

By Jessica Jones For the Independent

The 32nd annual Heartland Youth Centre Bowl for Kids fundraiser will be right up the community’s alley on Feb. 21st.

Heartland Youth Centre Program Director Sara Wengryn says they are hoping a few more teams, made up of four to six players, to register and collect pledges for the fundraiser.

She says this is the only event where they ask the youth, or members of the youth centre, to speak with people they know and collect pledges that will be used to provide programming for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“I think this is a great organization to support,” she said.

“Everyone knows a child who comes to the youth centre and it is a fun and easy way to get friends and family to do something good for your community,” Wengryn added.

The organization has a goal to raise approximately $10,000 with the Bowl for Kids and Wengryn says they are “confident” they will meet that goal.

“There have been uncertain times this year, but we have received quite a few teams and returning teams,” she said, noting that there is still room for other teams to join.

According to Wengryn, the Heartland Youth Centre serves over 300 kids age six to 18.

“That’s a lot of kids in our community,” she said, further noting that funds from the Bowl for kids will assist in programs that match Big Brothers to Little Brothers and Big Sisters to Little Sisters.

The funds will also be used for after school programs, including programs that provide mentorship in local schools, as well as the running of the Rainbows program, which is a support group for children who have suffered trauma through health matters, divorce or a significant move.

The Bowl for Kids will be held at the Heartland Bowl (4601 59th St.) and goes from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Participating teams are encouraged to dress up like their favourite mythical creatures.

For more information, for pledge sheets, or to register a team, contact the Heartland Youth Centre at 403-742-5437.

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