Yellowpoint Lodge and the Hill family were very generous supporters of the playground that the Kinsmen built two years ago at Brown Drive Park. Richard was so impressed by the amount of work as well as the enthusiasm the Kinsmen and volunteers showed he said he wanted to see that continue.
Having great family attractions helps the entire area Hill said, and being done by volunteers is truly community.
The Ladysmith Eagles Auxiliary donated $1,500 to the new Transfer Beach Playground on January 22nd, to which the local Kinsmen and Rotary are working towards rebuilding. The playgrounds that are there were built by the clubs almost 20 years ago and now are showing their age.
Over the years rules and regulations, regarding playgrounds, have changed and new safety measures have been initiated. The plans for the new playground have been done up and the cost is expected to be around $175,000.
To date about $105,000 has been raised and both clubs are working on projects to raise the balance. It is hoped that the new playground can be ordered by June so that it can be in place by early summer.
The Oceanview Community Church will be holding the 3rd annual Eggs Benefit on Sunday, June 14 with all proceeds going to the new playground. Eggs benefit will feature over 12 local “celebrities” making omelettes and the entire community is invited to come out. It’s all by donation,
There has been an account set up at the Ladysmith Bottle Depot where folks to donate the proceeds (or partial proceeds) from their returns and also an account has been set up at the Ladysmith Credit Union for people to make donations there.
If anybody wants more information or to help out, they can contact us using our online form, Kinsmen Duck Paterson at 250-245-2263, or Rotarian Joe Friesenhan at 250-245-2646.
We’re also happy that the Rotary Club has gotten on board and will be working with the Kinsmen on this community endeavour. It is hoped that more will come on and that way we can almost guarantee that all the funds ($175,000) will be secure by this coming summer. The goal is to have the new one in place by then as the 25 year old one is really starting to show it’s age and weather!
How you can Help
Right now the fundraising is at $105,000 so we do have some way to go in a very short time.
People can donate their returnable bottles and cans at the Ladysmith Bottle Depot. Just tell them the funds are for the Transfer Beach Playground.
You can also go into the Ladysmith Credit Union as there is a special account there and donate.
The Ladysmith Kinsmen wish to congratulate Linda Wicklund … who won the “freezer full of meat” raffle the Kinsmen had to raise funds for the new Transfer Beach Playground. The draw was held on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014.
Linda, and her husband Greg, are residents of Ladysmith are residents of Ladysmith.
The Ladysmith Kinsmen also wish to thank the folks at Ladysmith Home Hardware for supplying the freezer and to Paul Bouma, of Bouma Meats in Ladysmith, for supplying the meat. The raffle raised over $2,200 to go towards the Transfer Beach Playground project.
The members of the Kinsmen, as well as their partners the Rotary Club, hope to have the necessary $175,000 raised by June 30th, 2015.