Nine reasons to donate to new playground

Find out how you can help children with a disability.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 54 - March 2017.   City Limits 54 front cover photo

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Local businesses and the community are being asked to open their hearts and wallets to help children with a disability.

Channel Nine has joined forces with the City of Marion and the Touched by Olivia Foundation (TBOF) to help raise funds to build South Australia’s first inclusive playground at HendrieStreet Reserve, Park Holme.

The project will bring children of all ages and abilities together to play side by side.

The foundation has so far raised about $63,000 of its $400,000 contribution to the project.

New plans and sponsorship packages released by TBOF show how businesses and families can donate money for specialised equipment including a tubular slide, carousel, trike track and swings as well as a nature play creek, shelter and trees.

Channel Nine is showcasing the project on Nine News and airing community service announcements urging South Australians to get behind the project.

Nine News presenters Brenton Ragless, Kate Collins as well as Nine News weather presenter Jessica Braithwaite and the hosts of TV show Adelady, Hayley Pearson and Lauren De Cesare, will front the appeal.

Brenton, a local in the area, knows first-hand the power a community can have when it comes together to make a difference."There is a lot of money to raise but we know we can do it with the help and generosity of local businesses and community," Brenton said.

TBOF executive officer Bec Ho said the community could help turn the dream into reality."Sponsoring a piece of equipment is a unique opportunity to ensure children with a range of disabilities, including mobility, vision and hearing impairments and autism can have fun and not feel sidelined," Ms Ho said.

"We’re appealing to businesses and the local community to dig deep and help turn this dream into reality.

City of Marion general manager Abby Dickson thanked Channel Nine for coming on board.

"Channel Nine will raise the profile of this wonderful project which will hopefully translate into the funding the foundation needs," Ms Dickson said.The total cost of the playground is about $960,000.

The City of Marion has committed $310,000 plus design and construction services for the playground and the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) $250,000.

Work is scheduled to be completed by December this year.

To donate money, visit the Chuffed website.


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