The Gimli Children’s Centre held its first BBQ fundraiser outside at the centre on July 12.
Kids, parents and supporters were welcome to purchase a combo meal of a hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink for $5.
The event was a change from the morning pancake breakfasts the Gimli Children’s Centre normally host. “Why don’t we see what happens if you make it at the end of the day on a Friday?” GCC director Michele Couture wondered aloud. “Children are picked up by their families and they can stay for a hot dog or a hamburger.”
The children were nicely surprised to see parents and grandparents pick them up only to be invited outside to play and have a picnic with their friends. “It’s really quite funny because the ones that are still here are just standing and staring, (thinking) ‘When do I get my hot dog?’”
Those attending the event were many local families, one chocolate Labrador puppy and friends of the GCC. When asked if they attended the daycare, Mason Snow, sitting at a picnic table with his brother and a friend said, “I’m going in Grade one.” “So am I,” added Aron Peters.
Couture stressed the continuing support of the Kiwanis Club of Gimli & District. “Kiwanis is so unbelievably generous with helping us out with these events,” Couture stated. “They are completely in charge of providing all of the food, the cooking, selling tickets. They’re amazing.”
Couture was also selling raffle tickets for a summer prize. Funds were earmarked for structural repairs and indoor improvements. “We’re doing Phase 2 of installing new flooring through the other part of our building and then our north foundation wall needs repairing,” Couture said. “That was actually going to be started at 6 p.m. today.”
The draw was for a new BBQ provided by Home Hardware Gimli, a full propane tank provided by Pharmasave, a Red River Co-op gift card as well as another gift card from a private donation and tools, apron and accessories. In addition, the prize included a custom-made sign that said, “Patios are made for sipping.”
The Gimli Children’s Centre accepts infant, pre-school and school age children.