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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Need Help

Grey Bruce | by Robyn Garvey  

Financial assistance is needed at Hanover and District Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

The Hanover and District Big Brothers and Big Sisters are in need of municipal financial help to keep their program a float.

Hanover has answered that call with a donation of 35 hundred dollars -- only half of the amount requested.

Board President Loretta Dunn is still happy with the donation since she knows municipal budgets are tight and every dollar helps.

Dunn will now head to Brockton, West Grey and Saugeen Shores with a similar request.

She says the not for profit organization needs donations, sponsorship dollars and grants to keep their doors open.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters is marking its 40th anniversary in Hanover this year.

Currently the organization assists 114 children.

But there are still another 100 children on a waiting list -- waiting to be matched with a Big Brother, Big Sister or school mentor.

Dunn says it's heartbreaking to have so many children on the waiting list -- and she hope people will help by donating time or money.

The organization has released stats that suggest kids are 48 per cent less likely to have a behaviour problems in the Big Brother and Big Sister program.

Mayor Kathi Maskell -- a former educator -- says a positive role model can make a big difference in a young person's life.


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