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Aiming to strike out bullying

 The Ninja Turtles (Team Huble Homestead) went all-out when it came to enthusiastic participation in the 2012 Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake.  - Photo submitted
The Ninja Turtles (Team Huble Homestead) went all-out when it came to enthusiastic participation in the 2012 Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake.
— image credit: Photo submitted

It’s time to strike out bullying.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince George are using their annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser to bring attention to one way to help stop bullying.

Tim Bennett, manager of events for the Prince George chapter, says a recent five-year study showed children with mentors are less likely to exhibit habits like bullying.

“We want to let people know all the benefits mentoring a child can have,” he says.

This year Bowl for Kids’ Sake is being expanded, he says, to allow more people the chance to take part.

“It’s such a busy time, last year we had people who couldn’t participate on the weekend we ran it, so this year we’re putting in a couple of other events.”

While the main Bowl for Kids’ Sake event will be at the Strike Zone on March 3, Diamond Lanes on Fifth Avenue will host a pair of other events.

“We’re going to have a Rock’n’Bowl night on March 7, and a Monday Morning Bowl on March 11. The Monday event is one for people who can’t get out on the weekend, but can maybe take a day off work, or have a preschool group.”

There will also be close to 600 students taking part in this year’s event, hitting the lanes in the week leading into spring break.

In past years, the event has encouraged costumes around a theme. Bennett says this year there is a theme, but not for costumes.

“This year, the focus is on Bog Brothers Big Sisters of Canada celebrating its 100th birthday. We’re encouraging teams to come with their own theme for costumes, rather than tell them what the theme is.”

Registration is now open, and you can sign up at www.bbbspg.ca or by calling 250-563-7410. You can also help the Prince George group meet its goal of $60,000 by texting “BIGSPG” to 45678, making a $10 donation.

 

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