Wheelchair-bound Vanderhoovians can now enjoy Ferland Park in a swinging fashion, weather permitting.
Funded by the Kinette Club of Vanderhoof, a red accessible swing is added to Ferland Park’s playground area in early October, with labour support from the District of Vanderhoof.
Kinsmen Foundation of B.C. and Yukon, whose mandate involves serving the needs of severely physically disabled people in the region, also contributed to the equipment worth $8,200. A concrete pad for the swing’s foundation is donated by Nechako Redi-Mix Ltd.
“As a service group and with money fundraisers throughout the year, it’s an opportunity to give back to the community,” said club president Karren Carver. “We wanted to add to the playground, as there are many kids who can’t go in the park because they are confined to a wheelchair.
“Now they can swing and enjoy with everyone.”
An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place next spring.
Raffle ticket sales totalling $10,000 for the Vanderhoof club will continue until Dec. 18. Half of raised money will be contributed to community support while the other half goes towards prizes.