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Insurer hands playground $50,000 boost

A community project to renovate and redesign the old WindReach playground has been given a huge financial boost.

Brit Insurance has pledged $50,000 towards the MAMA initiative which is aiming to create a recreational complex for children of all ages and abilities.

The Boundless Playground scheme will involve a large adventure treehouse, which is being designed by an English firm.

The second phase will include swings, slides, a roundabout and trampoline designed to be accessible to children of varying physical abilities.

“Contributing to the communities in which we operate has always been important at Brit,” Mark Cloutier, executive chairman of Brit Limited said. “I am delighted that we have been able to support the Boundless Playground at WindReach.

“They are doing vital work in promoting social inclusion, something we are passionate about. We are proud to be supporting this initiative and look forward to seeing the development of the site over the next year.”

MAMA's first fundraiser for the playground initiative — a wine tasting and silent auction in March — raised $41,000. They are aiming to raise $300,000 to revamp the WindReach playground that was built nearly 20 years ago.

MAMA president Rebecca Lucking said: “Brit are committed to their social responsibility programme with charitable partnerships around the globe.

“We are delighted that they have chosen to support our initiative and their lead sponsorship has given our campaign a vital boost.

“With this and the overwhelming support from local businesses and families we have raised over $110,000 in the first two months' since launch.

“We still have a long way to go, but we are confident that we can begin to start work on the site before the year is out.”

They will continue to raise money and are hoping to recruit volunteers and local experts to help make their vision a reality.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Robyn Bardgett on 536-4945 or e-mail robyn.bardgett@gmail.com.

Community project: from left, MAMA's Paige Eversley, Liz Nystrom, Sam Talbot, Rebecca Lucking and Anna Darrell at WindReach playground (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published May 10, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 10, 2017 at 8:22 am)

Insurer hands playground $50,000 boost

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