Geroy Simon coming for Big Breakfast fundraiser

Jason Kerr
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Superman is coming to Prince Albert.

Allyson Wall of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince Albert speaks at a 2013 event as Garth Beddome listens in the background. Wall says the organizers are excited to have Grey Cup champion Geroy Simon speak at the 2014 Big Breakfast in March.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince Albert have announced that Saskatchewan Roughrider Geroy Simon will be in town on March 13 for the organization’s Big Breakfast fundraiser.

“It’s pretty exciting to have such a huge role model like Geroy Simon come and represent our agency for us at an event,” Big Brothers Big Sisters spokeswoman Allyson Wall says.

Wall says the breakfast already had a lot of supporters, but having Simon there has really boosted the demand.  Half of the tickets for the event are sold after going on sale a week ago. 

“When they see someone like Geroy coming in to do a talk for our organization, then everybody wants to see him and meet him and get a picture or an autograph,” she says.  “Community support is great with Geroy coming here.”

Wall says they first thought of asking Simon to come to Prince Albert after hearing him speak at a similar event in Saskatoon last summer.  She says Simon has a great message about the importance of mentoring and good role models.

“Anyone who has the chance to come listen to him will be pretty impressed by his motivational speaking, his personal story on how he came to be where he is today and how it all happened.”

The Big Breakfast is one of many fundraisers the non-profit organization holds to help fund mentoring services in Prince Albert.  Right now 22 children are active in the program with over a dozen on the waiting list, although that number fluctuates weekly.

A recruitment campaign last fall netted them 15 new mentors, but the organization can always use more.

“Once people hear Geroy’s message about how important it is for these young kids to have that special friend and a role model in their lives, then I think we might see more of an impact on volunteers,” Wall says.

“Of course, we’re never going to stop looking for volunteers,” she adds.

The Big Breakfast will take place at the Art Hauser Centre at 8 a.m. on March 13.  Anyone looking to purchase tickets can do so online or by phoning the Big Brothers Big Sisters office.  The cost is 35 dollars each.

Wall says they’re eagerly anticipating the event, not just because Simon is a big name, but also because of how his carries himself off the field.

“He’s a huge role model to all of the players in the CFL,” she says.  “It’s exciting for us.”

Organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Prince Albert, Art Hauser Centre

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

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