Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley is thrilled with the gift of a new purple tent from the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, for use in recruiting efforts and events. (submitted)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley is thrilled with the gift of a new purple tent from the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, for use in recruiting efforts and events. (submitted)

Event tent donation by Motorsport Circuit will help Big Brothers Big Sisters with urgent recruitment

“The number of vulnerable children needing mentors is rising in the Cowichan Valley”

This summer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley will have it made in the shade thanks to the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit.

The Circuit donated a branded event tent to BBBSCV, a contribution that will enable the charity to be more visible and recognizable at public events, which BBBSCV staff hope will help recruit new volunteer mentors to the program.

“The number of vulnerable children needing mentors is rising in the Cowichan Valley,” says BBBSCV Executive Director Erin Generous. “The continuing childhood vulnerability crisis in the CVRD means that more and more children are registering with our program — prompting the need for more mentors. For example, right now there is a particularly urgent call for male mentors.”

To meet the growing need for volunteers, BBBSCV is spending a lot of time out-and-about in the CVRD — hosting information sessions, attending fairs/festivals/markets, and generally raising the profile of Big Brothers Big Sisters in the community. The new event tent will help BBBSCV put their best foot forward coming into National Big Brothers Big Sisters Month (September) and the “30 Mentors in 30 Days” campaign (October).

“We are very thankful to the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit for this contribution,” says Generous. “We think this new tent will be a great asset for our upcoming outreach activities and for years to come.”

“The Motorsport Circuit is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters and their valuable work in the Cowichan Valley. We are very fortunate to employ staff, mentored as youths through the program, so we see first-hand the benefit to the local community. Thank you to Erin Generous and her team,” said Paul Rossmo, Circuit general manager.

BBBSCV can be found under the new royal purple tent at the Duncan Farmer’s Market to celebrate mentoring with the In School Mentoring partner Island Savings on Sept. 15, as well as at the One World Festival on Sept. 22 in Duncan). BBBSCV will also be hosting information sessions at their downtown Duncan location on Monday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. (call 250-748-2447 or email bbscowichan@shaw.ca for more details).

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