Bowlers wanted for Special Olympics fundraiser
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | October 20, 2016
The Haliburton County Red Wolves Special Olympics team wants to see ghouls, goblins and other creepy characters join them for the seventh annual Halloween Bowl-a-thon on Oct. 29.
The afternoon of fun at The Fast Lane in Minden is a fundraiser for the local athletes.
“It’s not about whether you’re a good bowler or not,” said Rick West, organizer and longtime Red Wolves volunteer. “It’s about getting to see the athletes in action and getting to know one.”
In its first couple of years, the event raised around $1,500. It has come a long way since then, raising upwards of $6,000.
The proceeds help athletes participate in sporting events throughout the year by subsidizing transportation costs, outfits and tournament fees.
“All the money we raise goes back to the athletes,” said West.
Formed 20 years ago, the team consists of 38 athletes who curl, bowl, golf and play baseball. There are close to as many volunteers in the program.
In the spring, a team of five athletes bowled at the Special Olympics Provincial Spring Games in Guelph. They won their division and athlete Carrie Crego earned a gold medal for most pins over average.
There is a chance they will be chosen to compete at the nationals in Halifax two years from now.
If that happens, the money raised at the bowl-a-thon will help them get there.
There are two bowling flights to choose from—2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Prizes will be up for grabs.
Anyone interested in entering a team or donating should call West at 705-457-8855.
Tax receipts will be issued for donations exceeding $20.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.