Cana­dian Tire do­nates $20K for in­door play­ground

Lo­cal store raises $16K for Jump­start and wins cor­po­rate con­test

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY THOM BARKER

Labrador City Cana­dian Tire’s 2018 Jump­start pro­gram once again pro­vided a large wind­fall to as­pir­ing ath­letes in Labrador West, but the town is also get­ting a huge bonus this year.

On Nov. 1, Glen Red­de­mann, the store’s as­so­ciate dealer pre­sented a $20,000 dona­tion to the town for an in­door play­ground.

“We’re thrilled to be part of a com­mu­nity that looks after it­self and each other,” Red­de­mann said. “The folks here have been extremely gen­er­ous in giv­ing back and we were thrilled to be able to come up with a pretty good idea to help Labrador West come up with a great fa­cil­ity.”

The $20,000 was the re­ward from Cana­dian Tire cor­po­rate for the lo­cal store win­ning a con­test in the an­nual Jump­start cam­paign con­ducted in June.

Labrador City Mayor Wayne But­ton was on hand to re­ceive the dona­tion.

“It felt great,” he said. “This is some­thing the res­i­dents have wanted for a while and when we heard Cana­dian Tire was go­ing to do­nate $20,000 we were ec­static. It re­ally, re­ally helps and it’s a good ini­tia­tive for the com­mu­nity.”

While the fundrais­ing ef­fort was con­ducted by the staff at Cana­dian Tire, Red­de­mann cred­ited the com­mu­nity at large.

“The fact that it was funds gen­er­ated by the com­mu­nity for the com­mu­nity, by folks that are work­ing in the com­mu­nity, I think it gen­er­ates a lit­tle bit more ex­cite­ment than just free money,” he said. “It’s ev­ery­body work­ing to­gether for a com­mon goal and ba­si­cally help­ing kids in the com­mu­nity.”

The mayor also praised the res­i­dents.

“For what­ever rea­son, Labrador City is re­ally prided on lo­cal foun­da­tions,” But­ton said. “Peo­ple re­ally want to give back to the com­mu­nity specif­i­cally.”

The town is plan­ning on hav­ing a play­ground up and run­ning in 2019 by con­vert­ing the meet­ing room at the arena, said Adam Smith, the town’s parks and re­cre­ation di­rec­tor.

“We view this de­vel­op­ment as a small pi­lot project to eval­u­ate the need and us­age while we move for­ward on our fu­ture Life­style Cen­tre de­vel­op­ment,” Smith wrote in an email. “Al­though on a small scale, the pos­si­ble suc­cess of such an area will de­fine what an in­door play­ground of a greater size may be when the new Labrador West Life­style Cen­tre comes to be in the up­com­ing years.”

Smith could not give a firm date for the new cen­tre, but said the town is look­ing at a time­frame of four or five years.

Red­de­mann be­lieves the play­ground will be a big plus for the town in the in­terim.

“Typ­i­cally, here in Labrador City we’re in some pretty harsh weather for seven or eight months of the year and get­ting out­side and do­ing some fun stuff with a young­ster is not nec­es­sar­ily real nice in mi­nus40,” he said. “If you’re a fam­ily that’s got more than one child, you can have the one play­ing or­ga­nized sports at the rec cen­tre, while you’re tak­ing the tod­dler that you would nor­mally have to drag along be­cause he can’t stay home alone — you’ve got some­thing there for them to do as well.”

The $20,000 is on top of $16,000 raised for Jump­start that helps kids who need as­sis­tance in the com­mu­nity where the funds are raised to get in­volved in or­ga­nized sports, whether through equip­ment or league fees or other ex­penses.

The mayor said the lo­cal Cana­dian Tire has gone above and be­yond in the past as well, not­ing that in 2014 they won a con­test that brought Chicago Black­hawks star Jonathan Toews to the town.

“The Jump­start foun­da­tion has been noth­ing but great for our com­mu­nity the last four to five years for sure,” But­ton said.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Cana­dian Tire staff pre­sented the Town of Labrador City with a dona­tion for $20,000 Nov. 1 to help fund an in­door play­ground. Pic­tured are, front, Parks and Re­cre­ation Sonja Pritch­ett, vice-chair­per­son Parks and Re­cre­ation Jenny Sul­li­van- back, from left, store man­ager Mitz Valdez, as­so­ciate dealer Glen Red­de­mann, cashier Joanne Gould­ing, front end man­ager Kirsten Mesher, house­wares man­ager Brenda Win­sor, Coun­cil­lor Ju­nior Humphries and Labrador City Mayor Wayne But­ton.

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