Police, firefighters compete to raise money for big buddy program
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Law enforcement and firefighters came together for a friendly competition for a good cause this weekend.
The Cape Fear Volunteer Center’s Big Buddy Program hosted the 24th annual “Shoot Out.” Members of the Wilmington Police Department challenged the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Fire Department in a game of basketball.
Big Buddy Case Manager Chris Lancaster said it is an exciting game to watch that also helps pay to keep the program running.
“It is amazing,” Lancaster said. “We have a lot of college kids. We have a lot of retirees. People who just want to help. They spend about two hours a week with the kids and they take them to do things that maybe the kids don’t have a chance to do. We have kids who live in downtown Wilmington who have never even been to the beach even though it’s so close.”
All proceeds go to benefit the CFVC Big Buddy Program. The money will be used to recruit, train, screen and manage new volunteers that work with little buddies. The funds will also be used to execute programming for those little buddies enrolled in the program.
Big Buddy is a key mentoring program that assists in this effort. This annual fundraiser is the main source of income to keep the case managers in place, matching big buddies with the youth.