Marv Zwarych pledges to keep collecting.
Zwarych, 78, is now in his ninth year taking pledges and donations for Variety’s B.C. Bowls For Kids, a two-month long fundraising campaign in December and January that raises money for children who have special needs.
Zwarych has collected more than $29,400 in the past eight years and the $6,370 he raised in 2011 from 300 people in the North Okanagan was the second-highest total among bowler collectors in the province.
Since the start of this year’s campaign on Dec. 1, Zwarych has already gone through six pledge sheets at 20 names per sheet.
“I started it at the old Polson Bowling Centre,” said Zwarych prior to doing double-duty of collecting pledges and rolling for his Thursday night league team – Marvin’s Cabinets – at Lincoln Lanes.
‘“(Former BCTV weatherman) Norm Grohmann was the chairman and we were trying to get as many people as possible to show up at the bowling alley. I started collecting and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Zwarych and other bowlers who collect turn their pledges in, and a cheque is presented to Variety Club at the annual telethon in February on what is now Global TV (formerly BCTV).
Bowlers in B.C. last year presented a cheque to Variety for $70,000 and, in the 27 years of the B.C. Bowls For Kids campaign, bowlers have contributed $3 million to the campaign.
“I still enjoy collecting the pledges. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t do it,” said Zwarych, a former cabinet maker who bowls on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
He also collects pledges out and about in the community.