A Bowling ‘Wii” will GO!



Politicians, Media Personalities & Municipal Leaders to compete in Wii Bowl Event in Support of “Bowl for Kids Sake”


April 5, 2019 – ST. JOHN’S, NL – Big Brothers Big Sisters is holding a Wii bowl event on Saturday, April 6th  and Sunday, April 7th at the Downhome Expo, Glacier Mount Pearl, to officially launch its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Campaign.  Media personalities, politicians, municipal leaders and other individuals will help launch the campaign and show their support for Big Brothers Big Sisters by competing in a fun and interactive Wii bowling game.

Kelly Leach, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said this is their eighth year to host a Wii bowling event. It’s a fun way to promote this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake Campaign and to heighten the awareness of agency programs and services that serve more than 480 young people each year.

“A Wii bowling event is a fun and unique way to kick off our Bowl for Kids’ Sake Campaign, which is our most important fundraising campaign of the year,” said Ms. Leach. “We are thrilled that a number of high-profile people from the community will participate in the event and test their skill at Wii bowling. Our event allows them to interact with their ‘opponents’ in a fun way – all in support of our mentoring programs and services.  We thank everyone who is able to take some time from their busy schedules to join us.”

The Wii bowling event will take place at The Downhome Expo at the Mount Pearl Glacier. It will run from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 12-2pm on Sunday. (List of participants and scheduled Wii bowling times are provided below.) Members of the general public are encouraged to attend and can participate throughout the 3-day Expo.

The Community Bowl for Kids’ Sake events takes place May 5 at Holiday Lanes when more than 500 community-minded bowlers from the metro area take to the lanes for some fun and fundraising.  As well, Bowl for Kids’ Sake corporate events will be held on May 2nd and 3rd.

Businesses and residents wanting to participate or make a donation can go to www.helpingkids.ca. for complete  details.

“Bowl for Kids Sake make our youth mentoring programs possible” said Ms. Leach. “As an agency with no guaranteed funding, the success of this event is instrumental in ensuring we can provide a mentor to every child who needs one”.

Ms. Leach pointed out that the foundation of their programs is the power of a simple act of friendship to make a significant, positive impact on a child’s life.  “Mentors have a profound influence on children and, therefore, contribute to brighter futures, better schools and stronger communities for all,” she said.


What does Bowl for Kids’ Sake fund? (Hint: it’s local mentors for kids)

The Bowl for Kids’ Sake Campaign is dedicated to driving funds towards local kids in need of a mentoring relationship. The funds are used exclusively to support children and youth mentoring programs, match “Bigs” with “Littles”, maintain existing relationships, recruit new volunteers and form new matches. Donations ultimately strengthen the community by helping children and youth to learn, grow and succeed.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Newfoundland

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Newfoundland is the largest youth mentoring organization in the municipality, providing quality mentoring services for more than 480 local children and youth. They offer five mentoring programs which are made possible by this campaign.

Wii Bowl Schedule

Saturday, April 6th

  • 11:00  Carolyn Moore, Coast 101.1 vs Andrew Ledwell, City of Mount Pearl
  • 11:30 Minister Seamus O’Regan vs. MP Nick Whalen
  • 12:00 Minister Siobhan Coady vs. MHA Paul Lane
  • 12:30 Raylene Mackey, VOCM vs Buddy the Puffin
  • 1:00 Chief Joe Boland vs. Chief Sherry Colford
  • 1:30 Alison Coffin, NDP Leader vs St. John’s Edge
  • 2:00 Mayor Dan Bobbett, Paradise vs Mayor Craig Scott, Torbay
  • 2:30 Brian Bradley, Hits FM vs. General Public
  • 3:00 Greg Smith (VOCM) and Claudette Barnes (VOCM)
  • 3:30 Ches Crosbie, PC Leader vs Gerry Rogers, MHA
  • 4:00 Bill Hart, Coast 101.1 vs Big Stick Bologna

Sunday, April 7th

  • 12:00 Keleigh Butt, Hits FM vs General Public
  • 12:30 Mayor Danny Breen, St. John’s vs Amanda Mews, NTV
  • 3:00 Rapunzel