Easy money it isn’t.
As the designated recipient of the annual Daily News Boogie, the respective charity of choice is given a mighty task: to gather and coordinate the 100-plus volunteers needed to run a successful Boogie.
“It’s a big job,” said Terri Axani.
Axani is executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops, the charity that gets the proceeds from the April 29 Boogie.
She’s a veteran when it comes to Boogie, having participated in the first one some 15 years ago.
“It is an amazing thing to be part of, whether you’re running or you’re volunteering and cheering those runners on or chalking the streets (with encouraging messages) or handing out water or medals,” she said.
Last fall, Axani was thrilled to learn that Big Brothers Big Sisters was picked as the 2012 charity of choice.
Monies raised will help the organization’s new Sports Mentorship Program, which pairs adults with children based on mutual interests in sports.
Throughout all of its mentorship programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters has 163 children matched with adults, but there are still some, particularly boys, waiting for mentors. The Sports Mentorship Program is designed to attract more males through its focus on sports and a flexible schedule.
Of course, the program will only get the necessarily funding if the Daily News Boogie has a successful event — and success depends largely on the volunteers.
A huge team is needed for several tasks.
If anyone is interested in volunteering, they can call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 250-374-6134 or attend a volunteer orientation session happening April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., upstairs at The Daily News, 393 Seymour St.