AVONMORE — Only 15 years old, this community’s seemingly modern plastic playground structure was condemned last spring, but the inaugural gathering of North Stormont’s 100-plus Caring Women has helped ensure the first phase of its replacement.
One hundred and six participating women voted last week to contribute $10,000 to that initiative, the amount sought by representatives of the Avonmore Community Athletic Association.
Over the next five years, the group plans to erect a new combination of structures worth $160,000 — starting with a new $20,000 swing set and ground-surfacing to meet the latest codes.
Each woman at the Oct. 3 event put $100 into the pot that evening, which left $600 for the second place finisher — the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation — whose representatives were looking for funds to buy a new trauma stretcher for the emergency department. “Because our provincial government doesn’t fund medical equipment purchases for Ontario hospitals,” noted the Foundation’s Kristen Casselman.
The Roxborough Township Agricultural Society also asked for funds to assist with ongoing improvements at the Avonmore fairgrounds.
A fourth charitable group — the Crysler Community Centre — had also intended to make a pitch that night but bowed out after landing the funds elsewhere.