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Make a pledge to local labour groups for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Make a pledge to local labour groups for Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Local labour groups needs your help so they in turn can help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes–Haliburton ‘Bowl for Kids’ Sake’ event takes place Feb. 24 in Lindsay.

“This will be our sixth year that we have participated in this great event,” says James Mulhern, president of the Lindsay and District Labour Council. Along with CUPE Local 855 City of Kawartha Lakes municipal workers and a team from UNIFOR 222 unit Armada Tool Works, they will work to raise money for the community group.

“We have raised over $13,000 combined for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton,” says Mulhern, who notes that Big Brothers Big Sisters can only meet their mission goals with financial help from local events and donations.

In this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake event Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes–Haliburton has set a goal of $38,000 to raise.

The organization exists to better the lives of young people in communities across the region.

As it states on their website, “many young people find themselves in vulnerable situations and facing adversities such as mental health issues, family violence, identity issues or poor living conditions, which put these youth at risk of not reaching their full potential.”

“With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be avoided, and these young people can gain the confidence to achieve more – higher incomes, happier lives, more contributions to their communities.”

Mulhern says that local labour groups first got involved five years ago “because labour has great power and strength to show what we can do when we work together.”

“We have the power to show that we live, work, play and volunteer in our communities.”

The local labour groups represent about 3,000 unionized workers in 14 affiliated local unions who have members in service sector, municipal workers, corrections, manufacturing, health care, postal, and the educational sector.

To make a pledge to help the local labour groups raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton, contact Mulhern  at oneworldonevoice@sympatico.ca.

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Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate. He is the author of 'Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World,' and is also Vice Chair of the Ontario Basic Income Network. An award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Lindsay, Roderick has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Senators, and Mayors across Canada. He also wrote and published a series of books for youth about Canada's Prime Ministers as teens.

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