Local businesses and residents are being urged to help kids who have “pinned their hopes” on a mentoring relationship, by taking part in Bowl for Kids Sake 2011 – the most important fundraising event of the year for Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the Fraser Valley.The action takes place in Abbotsford on March 3 and 4 at Dogwood Bowling and Billiards and on April 1 and 2 at Galaxy Bowl. In all, 11 bowling events are planned for February, March and April, and participants in those events are now fanning out across Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Hope to get pledges of support for their teams. Businesses and residents in Abbotsford can get details about how to participate or donate by visiting www.mentoringworks.ca and clicking on Bowl for Kids Sake.“Donor support makes all of our youth mentoring programs possible, and the need has never been greater,” said David Sheach, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Abbotsford. “This campaign offers the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of local kids simply by forming a bowling team and collecting pledges.”The campaign is dedicated to driving local funds towards local kids in need of a mentoring relationship. The funds are used to support children and youth mentoring programs, match “Bigs” with “Littles,” maintain existing relationships, recruit new “Bigs” and form new matches.Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Fraser Valley is the largest youth mentoring organization in the region, providing quality mentoring services for more than 350 local children and youth. The mentoring programs made possible by Bowl for Kids Sake have proven to be instrumental in reducing truancy, bullying, early school leaving, delinquency and substance abuse.