Pictou County Bowl for Kids raises more than $55,000

ADAM MACINNIS adam.macinnis@ngnews.ca @ngnews



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Bowl for Kids returned in a big way Saturday, May 7. For the first time since the pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County was able to hold the event in its traditional format and the results showed that people were excited about the return. Sixty-six teams took part in the event and more than $55,000 was raised to help Big Brothers Big Sisters with its operating costs. “I think the response from the community was so incredible,” Grant-Walsh said. “They were just so happy to be there in person.” She expects the total may increase even more as several schools hold events. “It’s going to creep close to 60,000, which is amazing,” she said. The mentoring organization currently has a waitlist of 247 kids waiting to be paired with a mentor and Grant-Walsh said the organization is regularly receiving calls from schools looking for more support if possible. “Kids are just struggling,” she said, pointing to the impacts of the pandemic. A new program that Big Brothers, Big Sisters is looking at growing in Pictou County is called Big G. This program will pair seniors with youth who are looking for mentors. Many seniors today are more active than those in the past and Grant-Walsh believes they have a lot to offer. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County visit: www.pictoucounty.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.