The folks at Stettler’s Big Brothers Big Sisters have plenty of community events lined up for the first part of 2020.
First up was Big Brothers Friend-raiser which was held on Jan. 20th hosted by Heartland Youth Centre and Boston Pizza Stettler.
Participants were invited to eat a bowl full of delicious spaghetti as fast as they can to raise awareness around the need for Big Brothers in Stettler, said Christel Shuckburgh, mentoring coordinator for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Currently, about 20 boys are on the organization’s wait list, with some having waited for up to four years.
The event also falls in line with what this month is all about – January is Mentoring Month across Canada and throughout North America. It’s all about spreading the word about the power of mentoring and the difference it makes in the lives of young people – and their mentors.
Meanwhile, rounding out the month will be the ‘Unstoppable Mother Daughter Night Out’ on Jan. 30th at the Stettler Mall. “It’s like a wellness night for moms and daughters,” explained Shuckburgh.
Put on by CARS (Caring and Resilient Students) and the Heartland Youth Centre, highlights of the evening include keynote speakers, a fashion show and a ‘Mother-Daughter Activity Fair’.
Advance tickets are available at the Heartland Youth Centre, the CARS office and Sneakers Plus.
“We invite girls age 10 and up to bring their moms or other important female role models for an evening of fun at the Stettler Mall.”
Heading into February, the Keystone Club’s 11th annual Spaghetti Supper is slated to run Feb. 11th at the Heartland Youth Centre. “That’s our teens, so it involves our Keystone and Torch Clubs,” said Shuckburgh. “It is a fundraiser for them so they can plan some trips,” she added.
“Come out for a family-friendly Valentine’s Spaghetti Supper at Heartland Youth Center (5002 – 47 St.) Folks are also asked to call the Heartland Youth Centre at 403-742-5437 to book their seats and the time they would like to eat (there are two seatings – 5 and 6 p.m.) Gluten-free options will also be available. Tickets are $10 a person or $5 for children 10 and under.
Also in February is the annual Bowl for Kids on Feb. 21st – the organization’s second biggest fundraiser of the year.
“What’s also great about it is that so many of the businesses and organizations in the community get involved with it,” said Shuckburgh. “They dress up because it’s themed, and we have prizes. So it’s a really great event.”
The sooner teams can register, the better as pledge forms for fundraising are also made available.
Looking further into the spring, there is also the raffle for a brand new 2020 GMC Terrain – all for a terrific cause.
Tickets are on sale for the raffle to benefit the Heartland Youth Centre, with the sleek and shiny new vehicle provided by Stettler GM. The raffle was officially launched last September, with the draw date slated for May.
There are also four adult train tickets for the Alberta Prairie Railways up for grabs, and the draws will take place during the 1920s-themed Awesome Auction on May 30th. Tickets, which are $50 each, are available at several venues including the Heartland Youth Centre, Lawlor Jewelry, Woody’s Automotive, Stettler GM, the Shoe Closet, Brennan Auto Body Repair, Bagshaw Electric, Vintage Thistle, The Sweet House, i.d. Apparel and Cuttin’ Corners.
“I think we have about 460 tickets left to sell which is amazing,” she said, adding that initially there were 1,500 printed.”November and December went really well – I think a lot of people bought them for Christmas gifts, so that was wonderful.”
Shuckburgh said each donation of $50 via the ticket sales really does go a long way to helping out at the Youth Centre.
For example, $50 will cover a family membership for one year; two days of snacks, one week’s worth of program materials, staff/volunteer development for one day, two days of fun for a child in the summer or two children’s program fees for a year.