Halloween with Big Brothers Big Sisters
SUDBURY – A Halloween themed family fun day in support of Big Brothers Big Sister took over the Steel Workers Hall in Sudbury on October 27.
The event included a haunted room, and although the goal of the room was to scare those that entered, Big Brothers Big Sisters wants everyone to know that there is nothing scary about volunteering for the organization.
They say many people are hesitant to get involved because they think it is too big of a time commitment.
"It's only like two outings a month. It can be anything from which they just want to spend time with you… to going fishing or something you're doing… You're building your deck and just involving them," explained Wayne Bailey, Big Brother.
Ellie Hunt has had a Big Sister for almost 10 years and says she is considering now becoming a Big Sister herself because of how she has benefited.
"She helped me not have anxiety… to meet friends… she's like my person I could say anything too," says Hunt.
There are currently approximately 75 children in the city who have been matched, but there are still many that are waiting.
"We have approximately 27 still waiting and boys do wait for one to two years, so there's a huge need," said Chantal Gladu-Depatie, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sudbury.
The hope is that these matches will turn into life-long relationships.
Gladu-Depatie continued, "My little sister and I have been matched for 12 years. She's 27 and I would say she needs me more today than she did when she was one. It's a relationship that we've built and we're truly sisters in our lives."
She says without fundraisers like this, Big Brothers Big Sisters wouldn't be able to do what they do.
Weston Bakeries has partnered with the organization for six years, helping to fund the Go Girls and Game On programs.
Every single dollar that was raised during the event was matched by George Weston LTD.