BBBS Duck Race falls to Covid-19 restrictions

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie announced this week it is cancelling its annual “BIG” Duck Race fundraiser due to Covid-19.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is saddened by this decision but feels it is the best for this time,” explained Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie Dawn Froese. “The plan is to be back next year.”

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Mentoring is critical prevention and early intervention service.

The work of Big Brothers Big Sisters is grounded in health science and youth development research underscoring the critical role that mentoring relationships play in positive health outcomes, educational engagement, and employment readiness.

Mentors form strong one-to-one relationships with their mentees, which strengthens their social-emotional learning and executive functioning skills, ensuring they develop into resilient young people who are able to overcome life’s adversities and lead productive and healthy lives.

These intentional mentoring relationships have great financial returns to society. There is a $23 value for every dollar invested in intentional 1:1 mentoring for the most vulnerable young people who face multiple adversities early in life.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage continues to operate the community-based program with Big/Little Brothers, Couples Match, Big/Little Sisters and the Big Bunch group meeting virtually or in-person with social distancing and protective rules.

Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraises 32 percent of its budget.  At this time the majority of fundraising events have been cancelled.

If you are able and would like to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters you can give online at: or mail a cheque to Big Brothers Big Sisters 15 Tupper St. S, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 1W7

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