The children of today will be the adults of tomorrow. If they are exposed to an unsafe environment, it will have an adverse impact on their future lives. Moreover, if there is no one around to guide them and to take care of them, it is not only the loss of the children but also of those around them.
This is where Big Brothers Big Sisters steps in. Ever since its inception over a hundred years ago, Big Brothers Big Sisters has helped create positive relationships between adult volunteers (termed as ‘Bigs’) and children between the ages of 6 and 18 (termed as ‘Littles’). The youth mentoring organization strives to work under the belief that every single child is inherently capable of thriving and succeeding in his or her life. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a charity miles ahead of many others, diligently helping young children and mature adults in developing healthy relationships with each other.
Helping Young Children Reach Their Potential
Whilst building strong relationships between adults and children, Big Brothers Big Sisters also deems itself responsible for boosting each child’s confidence, helping them achieve educational success and avoid unsafe behavior. These high aims are met by equally high statistics as proven by National Research. The Little Brothers and Sisters of the program are not only 52% less likely to skip school as compared to other children, but are also 46% less likely to start the use of illegal drugs. This is in addition to being able to get along better with their families and being more confident in their schools.
Fund-Raising with Fun
Among the many events that Big Brothers Big Sisters holds is the annual Ride for Kids Sake Family Picnic and Motorcycle Run. This is not only a fun-filled event but also acts as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, located in Northwestern Ohio. In order to show their support, some 45 riders rode their bikes for many miles for the charity. They started their ride from Toledo Harley-Davidson and ended it at the Oscar Bunch Powertrain.
These riders accompanied a total of 200 members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The event was a mixture of food, fun, and music. The many activities which took place included the likes of Archery and Bass Casting, all courtesy of donations from Metroparks Toledo. The wide variety of food at the event was thanks to big names like Fresh Market, Sam’s Club, and Lee Williams, among many others. Each of the children present at the event was presented with a bag filled with free school supplies donated by the combined efforts of Walmart, Target, Meijer, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
While the aim of the event was to raise a total of $6,000, the donations surpassed the limit and a grand total of $7,800 was collected. The bikers sure helped by adding their miles to the charity as well. This kind of events are vital for organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters to keep functioning and playing their part for the welfare of young children.