Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Foresters and community partners build a new accessible playground designed by kids in one day



    HALIFAX, June 10 /CNW/ - Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly will join
Foresters(TM) President and CEO, George Mohacsi, and community partners to
officially open a safe, new, volunteer-built playground at Ecole John W.
MacLeod Fleming Tower School on Wednesday June 17.
    Designed by kids and built by Foresters, non-profit organization KaBOOM!
and parents, the playground is unique. It will serve children from two
districts including Purcell's Cove - Armdale and Spryfield - Herring Cove and
accessible to children with special needs.
    Foresters, a member-based life insurance provider, is committed to
supporting activities that contribute to healthy families and healthy living.
This new playground will provide families another great place to spend time
together in the community.
    Media are invited to join 275 Foresters members and community partners as
they roll up their sleeves to mix and shovel concrete, landscape, paint and
construct a playground in one day.

    
    What:   275 Foresters members and community volunteers will team up to
            construct a playground for kids in one day

    When:   Wednesday June 17, 2009 (rain or shine)
            Playground build best visuals - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
            Ribbon cutting ceremony, Mayor participation - 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.
            (Note: all times approximate)

    Where:  Ecole John W. MacLeod Fleming Tower School - Playground
            159 Purcell's Cove Road
            Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Who:    Peter Kelly, Halifax Mayor
            George Mohacsi, President & CEO, Foresters
            Lynn Douglas, Principal, Ecole John W. MacLeod Fleming Tower
            School
            Students from Ecole John W. MacLeod Fleming Tower School
    

    About Ecole John W. MacLeod Fleming Tower School

    Ecole John W. MacLeod-Fleming Tower is an elementary school with two
sites and about 330 students in English and French Immersion programs from
Primary to Grade 6. Students attend many different after-school programs
including music, dance, science and sports. The school is open every night for
youth and adult athletic programs. Community involvement is very strong with
many young families choosing the neighbourhood because of the reputation of
the school and the friendliness of the neighbouring community. The new
playground at the John W. MacLeod site will provide an interactive, safe and
accessible play space not only for the students at the school but also for
about 500 children and their families who access community recreation
facilities in Districts 17 and 18 of HRM.

    About KaBOOM!

    KaBOOM! 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 has offices in Chicago, IL and San Mateo, CA. For more
information, visit www.kaboom.org.

    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.
    





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