Shirley Holdman was presenting the program Canine Capers at BATV about three years ago when she got the idea to write the series of books about the adventures of Giggles (a Bichon Frise who in "real life" is also a therapy dog) and her dear friend Owen (a Pitbull). Shirley, Robert Thorlton, a friend, fellow artist and frequenter of the BATV hub and other friends became interested in the idea of creating a vehicle which would raise and then disperse funds within the Billerica community - for teachers's classroom projects, constructive personal development (for young and old) and other educational activities. However, they did not want to duplicate a scholarship programme. They were rather interested in those areas where community members would need a relatively small amount of money which would greatly enrich their lives, like the child who's one parent was in the military and the other struggling to make ends meet, and needed a hundred dollars to join a drama group or the older person wishing to go on a computer course and not being able to afford the fee. Donating the manuscripts of the books to the Billerica Adventure Series Corporation, Shirley started the process of the raising of funds, creating the kernel around which this initiative is growing. All work on the books and other fund raising initiatives (in the pipeline) is pro bono and as a volunteer effort, the organisation wishes to bring together like-minded individuals in order to affect positive change in the lives of individuals.
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
BILLERICA ADVENTURES SERIES CORPORATION