A family connection and lots of fun keep the KIWIN’S Club of St. Lucy’s High School in California bowling for breath.
The club began participating in the Cystic Fibrosis Bowl for Breath in the 2005–06 school year under past president Britney Blackburn, says club president Isbella Diaz. Blackburn’s family already was involved with the organization because she had a cousin with cystic fibrosis.
This year the club participated in two bowl-a-thons, Diaz says. The reaction from club members is always enthusiastic. “It’s one of our most popular and wellknown events for KIWIN’S,” Diaz says.
“We raise money and help out, but it’s an event that really lights a fire inside every KIWIN. There’s nothing like that feeling of getting out of school, changing into your blue KIWIN’S shirt and heading over to the bowling alley. You find your friends, pick your lane and, all the while, you’re supporting an amazing cause!”
The club works with a local restaurant that donates $1,000 for every $1,000 raised by the club. This past year, that translated into a donation of $4,539 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The club also raised awareness of cystic fibrosis through creating and distributing information packets on the disease, which helped gain sponsorships.
Club members hung posters advertising the event around their school and in the bowling alley on the event days, and the club shared cystic fibrosis facts during school announcements.