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A Good Cause

A Good Cause

Date: Mar 15 2004


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For many people who have, it’s important to give to those who have not. Giving to those in need is charity and it’s a great way to spend time, energy and money. Not only does it help the people who need it, but it gives joy and fulfillment to the giver.
I recently took part in a special charity event in Portland, Oregon. Listen in to my conversation with Miguel to learn more about it.


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Miguel:  Hey Beth, what are you doing tonight?

Beth:  I’m actually going to a very fun fundraiser for children. It’s called Bowling for Kid’s Sake.

Miguel:  That sounds interesting. So, are there kids involved? Or how does it relate to kids?

Beth:  Well, it’s for an organization called Big Brothers Big Sisters and there’s a local chapter that’s throwing this event. And, it’s basically a fun evening of bowling, or it’s actually a whole weekend of bowling, and you can participate on a team. And all the money that goes towards the event will be for this children’s fund.

Miguel:  Oh, I see. So, by bowling, are you… how are you giving money to the kids? Or is someone else giving money because you’re bowling? How does that work?

Beth:  Well, everyone who bowls has to pay a certain amount and the money goes towards helping younger kids find appropriate mentors.

Miguel:  Have you done it before? Or is this the first time?

Beth:  This is the first time, but I have bowled before.

Miguel:  Well, it sounds like quite an exciting event. Maybe I’ll try to get involved next year.



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For over 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has made a difference in the lives of children in the U.S.. The long-term mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to serve one million children by the year 2010. Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves over 200,000 children, ages 6 through 18, in 5,000 communities across all 50 states.
I’ve been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for several months and it’s been one of the best experiences of my life. I encourage you to learn more about it!
Have a great week!


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