Foresters volunteers and community members build new Brampton area playground



    Frank McLoughlin Co-Op youth and parents gain safe recreational area

    BRAMPTON, ON, Aug. 26 /CNW/ -

    
    What:       In an effort to help give the children and families of Frank
                McLoughlin Co-Operative Homes and its neighbours in Brampton
                a safe play area to spend time together, community
                volunteers, the City of Brampton, members from Foresters(TM)
                and KaBOOM! are teaming up to build a new 3,200 square foot
                community playground. The playground will include features
                for children with special needs, as well as a Duo See-Saw,
                Mounted Steering Wheel, Rockblocks Climber and many more fun
                additions.

    When:       Saturday, August 29, 2009 (rain or shine)
                8:30 a.m. - Kick-off ceremony and build begins
                1 - 3 p.m. - Best media visuals
                2:30 to 3 p.m. - Ribbon cutting ceremony with Vic Dhillon,
                MPP Brampton West

    Where:      Frank McLoughlin Co-Operative Homes
                55 Maple Leaf Circle
                Brampton, Ontario  L6Y  4M9

    Visuals:    75 children and adults from the Frank McLoughlin Co-Op
                community building the playground
                125 volunteers from Foresters, who funded the playground and
                will help build it
                Bright, colorful playground parts and pieces being
                constructed
                27,200 lbs of concrete; 100 rakes, hoes, wheelbarrows,
                shovels, brooms and tools in use; moving 53,460 square feet
                of safety surfacing

    Quotable    Vic Dhillon, MPP Brampton West
    sources:    Tony Poole, President & CEO, Unity Life and President,
                Foresters Canada Division
                Jackie O'Hearn, General Manager, Frank McLoughlin Co-Op

    Media       Onsite
    contacts:   Laury Heydon-O'Neil, Foresters
                (416) 569 7973mobile
                lheydononeil@foresters.com
    

    About Foresters

    Founded in 1874 as a fraternal benefit society, Foresters(TM) champions
the well-being of families through quality life insurance, unique member
benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial
strength with more than 650,000 members in the United States, Canada and the
United Kingdom. Unity Life of Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresters,
represents Foresters in Canada. Foresters is celebrating its 135th anniversary
in 2009. For more information, please visit www.foresters.com.
    Foresters(TM) is a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a
fraternal benefit society, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9. Unity Life of Canada, a
Foresters company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Independent Order of
Foresters.

    About KaBOOM!

    KaBOOM!(R) is a national non-profit organization that envisions a great
place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since 1995,
KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together
business and community interests to construct more than 1,500 new playgrounds,
skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also
offers a variety of resources, including an online community, regional and
national trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for
Play, which includes Playful City USA and the Playmaker Network - a national
network of individual advocates for play. Headquartered in Washington, DC,
KaBOOM! also have offices in Chicago, IL and San Mateo, CA. For more
information, visit www.kaboom.org.

    About Frank McLoughlin Co-op

    Frank McLoughlin Co-op was built in 1990. It is comprised of 60
non-profit townhouses, including, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom units (3 of which are
wheelchair accessible).The co-op provides housing to low and moderate income
families. During the recession in 1992, the co-op almost went bankrupt due to
vacancy losses. In order to survive, the co-op had to use up all of its
reserve funding. In 2005, the co-op was told to tear down the playground
because the treated wood contained some chemicals that could be harmful to the
children. To make matters worse, they were informed that there would be no
money to build a new one. Thanks to funding from Foresters and guidance from
KaBOOM!, the children were thrilled to find out that they had been awarded
with a new playground. Their dream is about to come true on Saturday, Aug. 29,
when 200 volunteers will come together to build their new playspace.




For further information:

For further information: Jeannie Tsang, Media Profile, (416) 342-1815,
Jeannie.tsang@mediaprofile.com; Allison Stokes, Media Profile, (416) 342-1830,
Allison.stokes@mediaprofile.com

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