How can dressing like a pirate not be fun, especially while supporting mentorship of the community’s children and youth?
The answer is “a no-brainer,” Steeves & Rozema executive assistant Marci Palframan says, which is why she participated in the Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton on March 29.
“It was fun that they had a (pirate) theme to get you more involved . . . It makes it more of an experience. And it creates camaraderie because then you’re looking at other people’s costumes and it gives you a starting point for conversation,” says accounting clerk Heather Cunningham who, with Palframan and two other colleagues, formed the Steeves & Rozema bowling team.
Named the S&R Crushers, the “mateys” dressed in costumes that they had or borrowed from others.
“We’re lucky at Steeves & Rozema that we have a lot of really fun people that work here (at head office) and dress up for Halloween, so looking through past pictures we knew people had access to costumes. So it was a team effort, asking co-workers, ‘Can I borrow that?’
“It was awesome, they were all really good sports,” Palframan says.
The S&R Crushers had the financial support of co-workers as well, raising $765 including a $300 donation from Steeves & Rozema.
Cunningham is happy with this result, noting Steeves & Rozema team members had just finished fundraising for the Big Brothers Big Sisters curling bonspiel a month earlier. The steadfast support is great, she says.
Overall, the local Bowl for Kids Sake event raised more than $39,000. The S&R Crushers were among 24 teams from around the community, as well as nine schools, to participate. Cunningham says it was wonderful to see children join in the fundraising fun.
A highlight for Palframan was when the pirates got to stand on the bowling lanes and encourage the non-costumed bowlers to cheer for their favourite group of pirates. “We didn’t win but it was fun. We got to say, ‘Arrgghh,’ or pirate speak, and hoot and holler,” she says with a laugh.
Cunningham says Bowl for Kids, like the Curl for Kids fun
draiser, provided an opportunity to network with community members, and for Steeves & Rozema colleagues based at different locations to get together and become better acquainted. The S& R Crushers included Cunningham and Palframan from head office, Randy Leighton from the Huron Enersave division, and Sarah Eisenbraun of Residence on the St. Clair.
Cunningham and Palframan express appreciation for being part of Steeves & Rozema and living its mission to create communities that are good for life.
“That’s exactly what (Steeves & Rozema) inspires in us – to go out and create those communities that are good for live, and in our lives too,” Palframan says.
“In their effort to create communities that are good for life, they’re starting at home where they’re creating a good community to work in, and that transcends into the community at large,” Cunningham says. “You go to work and you’re happy because you feel appreciated and encouraged to participate more in the community.”
This story was provided to the Steeves & Rozema Group by Axiom News and originally appeared on the S&R Today website. Republished with permission.