British Columbians will have the chance to support Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) in their communities with a new online 50/50 campaign – Big BC Lotto – that will help agencies maintain mentorship programs and operations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On top of the growing need for volunteers, the pandemic has caused increased strain on children and youth. One in four kids says their friendships have been negatively affected by stay-at-home orders, and loneliness was the third most-used word by kids between the ages of 10 and 17 when describing how they’ve felt.
BBBS staff pivoted quickly with programming when the pandemic first hit, to ensure constant support and mentorship can be provided in virtual and safe manner. There has also been the added stress BBBS agencies have faced with the loss of in-person fundraising events and a decrease in donations.
Eleven agencies across the province are working together to offer Big BC Lotto – for many of the agencies, it will be the first time they’ve ever executed a 50/50 raffle online. It will be the first digital lottery that residents will be able to take part in to support children and youth in their own communities. BBBS serves more than 7000 children and youth annually in over 60 communities from the Interior, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island to Northern BC.
For more information and to purchase tickets you can visit www.bigbclotto.ca. Must be 19+ and a resident of BC to play. More information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern BC can be found at www.bigsnbc.ca.