'Little Big Day' at Fort Henry salutes Big Brothers Big Sisters
Wednesday, August 19th dedicated to hosting area Little Brothers and Little Sisters
KINGSTON, On – Fort Henry has planned ‘Little Big Day’ on Wednesday, August 19th hosting the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington. ‘Bigs and Littles’ as children and their adult mentors are called, will enjoy a fun ‘Day in the Regiment’ education program in the morning, then take front row seats at the World Famous Sunset Ceremony that evening. This day of activity fulfills a promise made to the organization back in January by the CEO of the St Lawrence Parks Commission. This new and perhaps at first glance, unlikely partnership had a unique beginning.
The Run or Dye organization hosted an event at Fort Henry last August with the promise to pay Big Brothers Big Sisters $50 per volunteer as their fundraising partner. The intended donation totalling $2500 never materialized, threatening program cuts to the organization. When the story broke publically last January, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission wrote a cheque to Big Brothers Big Sisters to cover their loss.
“In January of this year, we offered some assistance to Big Brothers Big Sisters to remedy a situation and it has morphed into a unique relationship with this organization”, said Darren Dalgleish, GM and CEO of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. “The ‘Littles’ will enjoy a special opportunity to be mentored by the Fort Henry Guard – something these children would never be typically exposed to. Our intention is to create a partnership program that can be sustained in the years to come. “
Peter Cory, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, is thrilled with the plans for this special day. “Not only has the Fort stepped up as they promised to give our kids a really neat and rare opportunity, but this extra publicity affiliated with the Fort could really help bring needed awareness to our important programs”, said Cory. “We might even raise some community interest, attracting new Big Brothers and Sisters, or much needed financial support for mentoring in Kingston-and-area, in the process. ”
‘Little Big Day’ will include mustering the children into Her Majesty’s Royal Army. Children will be issued red Tunics, take a tour of their new home, learn soldiers drill, attend a Victorian school lesson, and learn how to keep their barracks room neat and tidy. “They’ll also get to meet our Mascot – David the Goat – who also was once a little kid!” jokes Dalgleish. Volunteers and staff from Big Brothers and Big Sisters will be on site in the Upper Fort from 9:30 AM to the opening of the Sunset Ceremony at 8 PM that same evening accepting donations for their organization.
Media are invited to join the Little Big “Day in the Regiment Tour” at 9:45 at the Fort.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington provides diverse mentoring programs for Kingston-and-area children and youth (including traditional one-to-one community-based mentoring programs, ‘In School’ mentoring, and the school-based group programs, Go Girls and Game On). Approximately 75 per cent of their client base are served in more than 20 area schools. To find out more about their programs, fundraising opportunities or to inquire about mentorship, please contact Big Brothers and Big Sisters at (613) 544-1621 or www.bigbrothersbigsisterskingston.com.
Media contacts: Anne Linscott, Big Brothers Big Sisters KFL&A (613) 544-1621.