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Wednesday October 26th, 2016

Posted at 12:41pm

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Mike Cooper of Bigg Wiggle (L) presents a cheque of $10,500 to Mayor Dilkens (R) and two members of The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Team

With forty days to go until the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships kick off in Windsor, today Mayor Drew Dilkens accepted a donation from local band Bigg Wiggle.

The $10,500 raised by the band during their 2015 and 2016 Bigg Wiggle Fests will go towards the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Team, a group of locals aged fifteen to twenty-four who will act as ambassadors to visitors during the sporting event.

When Windsor won the bid to host this event for the first time ever in Canada, Dilkens says that he “realized the potential to develop a unique youth program.” This program selected forty-five youths out of 280 applicants to meet bi-weekly in order to receive training in hospitality and tourism, goal setting, volunteerism, social media etiquette, and customer service.

Dilkens believes that this training will provide the team with “Skills to be successful in their roles today and their roles in the future.”

Bigg Wiggle drummer Mike Cooper was on hand today to present the cheque to the mayor and members of the Youth Leadership Team.

“It’s our pleasure to be part of fundraising for such a huge event for the city,” said Cooper. The band is happy “to give back to the community which has helped us for so many years.”

Bigg Wiggle Fest has raised $60,000 over eight years, money which has in the past gone towards the 2009 Provincial Special Olympics, 2013 Windsor-Essex International Children’s Summer Games, and 2014 Ontario Summer Games.

Mike Cooper of Bigg Wiggle (L) and Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens

Bigg Wiggle Drummer Mike Cooper

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens 

Jason Moore, Senior Manager of Communications and Customer Service for The City of Windsor

 

 

 

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