Shayla and Hunter

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Cook Islands Quest 100 (Quest #4)

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  • Location: Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Ocean

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  • Friday Oct. 5th to Sunday Oct. 7th 2012

  • Location: Spray Lake Sports Centre, Cochrane, Alberta

In the last week I've participated in a couple of memorable events in support of Right To Play. The first was on Friday morning. I headed over to Glenbow Elementary School in Cochrane to visit Mrs Brooks's kindergarten class. This was no ordinary visit however. Over the last couple of months the students had made an incredible Play Quilt and sold raffle tickets to raise money for the charity. The quilt has 25 squares and each child drew a picture of them playing. Mrs brooks welcomed me to the class and each child told me a "Did you know…." Here are some of the examples:

  • Did you know: Many children can't play because they have to spend hours fetching water
  • Did you know: Many children can't play because they have to fight in wars
  • Did you know: We received 183 toys for Christmas last year. Many children have no toys

Very powerful.

We then all walked out to the school entrance. The children were very excited and I was honoured to be asked to make the draw. I put my hand in the jug and pulled out a blue ticket. The winner was Shayla. She was thrilled to bits and all her class mates congratulated her.

The children then presented me with a cheque for $250. I explained that this would give 5 children a RTP play program for one year. But on top of that, RTP Partners would match every dollar raised with another $3. This means that 20 children would get the program. Now that's Kids helping Kids.

On Sunday Sue and I headed down to Redwood Meadows, a small community next to Bragg Creek. Carol Scarratt had organised the 2nd Annual Redwood Meadows 5km Fun Run / Walk in support of RTP. We had 30 kids show up and at 10.00am we all headed off. I joined 5 year old Hunter and her mum Carmen along the route. This was Hunter's first 5km run and she started off strong. The half way mark was back at the community centre and Hunter decided it was time for an ice cream.

After the exercise we all had a terrific pancake and fruit breakfast. Carol is amazing and had organised an adult raffle, kids raffle and silent auction. The final tally isn't in but it looks like it'll be over $1,000 raised. That means that, with the matching funds, over 80 children will get a RTP play program. Now that a good weeks work.

Quote of the Day

"If you don't fall now and again, it's a sign you're playing it safe"


Student Shayla wins the Play Quilt made by Mrs Brooks' Kindergarten class.

Shayla and Hunter

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