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Big Brothers Big Sisters presents four bands in event at Lindsay fairgrounds

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Raising money for charitable organizations is a tough job in the best of times. During a pandemic when finances are tight, it takes on a new level of difficulty for an organization like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes–Haliburton which does not receive any government funding at all.

Fortunately, creativity is never in short supply amongst groups that rely on donations for their survival, and Janice Balfour, executive director of that organization recently announced a unique fund-raising event.

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Over 30 local children waiting for mentors: Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Karen and Emily. Some kids will never get matched due to a lack of volunteers.

Whether they camp out and roast marshmallows over the fire, go bowling, or simply sit and talk, Karen Szostac and her friend Emily spend time together every week. In fact, after spending just over a year getting to know each other, Szostac says that they consider each other family.

The now inseparable duo met through Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton, where over 30 children are currently waiting to be matched with a volunteer mentor.

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No matter where you are in Kawartha Lakes, there’s Dave

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Dave with Spanky. Photo: Jamie Morris.

Dave has been our neighbour for close to 20 years. Neither Dave nor his wife, Karina, have aged perceptibly. It’s Luke and  Spanky that remind me of the passage of time. 

Luke, their son, was a toddler when they moved in. Now he’s Promotions Manager at Canadian Tire, and a few months ago found his own place.  Their beagle, Spanky (named by Luke, a L’il Rascals fan as a kid) strained at the leash a dozen years ago. At the end of June she passed away. Over her last  couple of years she moped along behind Dave, trailing her master by the full length of the extensible leash.

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United Way grant supports teleconferencing group for caregivers

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Christine Woodhouse, Client Support Worker with the Community Care Health & Care Network.

The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes (UWCKL) has announced that the Community Care Health and Care Network is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Telecare Mona Hall Fund. The funds will be used to help Community Care create a free teleconference caregiver support program, based on a successful pilot project.

Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director for UWCKL said, “The funds will be dedicated to setting up a communication support system to assist families who are caring for a relative or friend. Community agencies and partners have seen significant increases in the number of families taking on the role of informal care providers for a family member in their home and the prediction is this role will increase with our aging population.”

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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.

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