It’s a strike!
From the left, David Murphy, Betty Wheeler, France Bourget and Ron Graham were busy at the Chesterville Bowling Lanes during the Counties Challenge Cup on Feb. 3. Thompson Goddard photo
CHESTERVILLE – The weather was blustery outside the Chesterville Bowling Lanes on Sun., Feb. 3, but inside there was plenty of action when the 2019 Counties Challenge Cup was held. The Counties Challenge Cup as well as the Cornwall Challenge Cup are part of the Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids’ Sake program.
David Murphy, fundraising coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall and District, explained the bowling fundraiser has been held for 41 years in Stormont Dundas and Glengarry with Tim Hortons being the corporate sponsor for 13 years. He mentioned there was an increase in the number of teams in both Chesterville and Cornwall this year. Betty Wheeler, who has participated in the event for over 30 years, served as the honorary chair for the Counties Challenge Cup. He described the Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids‘ Sake as being the primary fundraiser for the organization which executive director Ron Graham mentioned has been serving the Cornwall area for 45 years. Murphy stated that the funds raised at this event are used for programming, providing several individual and group mentoring programs; including in-school mentoring programs.
The Township of North Dundas fielded a team in the Counties Challenge Cup with Mayor Tony Fraser, deputy mayor Al Armstrong and councillors John Thompson and Gary Annable participating. Armstrong commented it was a “wonderful event,” adding how it is “always great to contribute, especially when the cause is for children. Not everyone is as fortunate as others and this council is happy to do their part.”
Graham, who has been a part of the organization since he was provided a Big Brother in his youth, mentioned there are a significant number of children in Cornwall and the United Counties looking for either a Big Brother or Big Sister. More information on this organization can be found on their website at https://cornwall.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.
Carolyn Thompson Goddard, grew up in Chesterville and attended North Dundas District High School. After completing her BA in Political Science at Carleton University she has worked as a medical secretary and library technician. In 2020 she graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Journalism and has been a reporter and column writer for The Chesterville Record for over 10 years.