Making a splash

Local kids raise more than $600 for Lions splash pad

By Barb McKay


When it comes to beads, the Griffin kids have every shape, size and colour imaginable.



From left, Cole, Sierra and Olivia Griffin are raising money for the Lions Club Splash Pad. (Barb McKay photo)



Olivia, 7, Sierra, 6, and Cole, 5, aren’t collectors, but they are always on the lookout for beads that are unique. For the past few months the Kincardine youngsters have set aside time every day to string together bracelets that they then sell to raise money for the Kincardine Lions Club’s splash pad project.


Some of the money earned goes to purchase supplies to make more bracelets, but most goes directly to the project. So far, $622.45 has been raised for the splash pad. The children’s mom, Tammy Griffin, said the kids have made nearly 1,000 bracelets.


“We do it every day, even school days,” Olivia said.


The children have been keeping an eye on the fundraising thermometer placed at Lions Park. Each time the red line is raised the excitement grows.


“We’ll do it until the thermometer goes all the way to the top,” Olivia said.


Then, when enough money is raised to build the splash pad, the kids will find a new cause to support.

“I like making bracelets,” Sierra said. “I like making colourful ones and patterns.”


Even extended family has gotten involved in the project to support the kids, said Griffin. When they come across beads that aren’t available in Kincardine they pick them up for the kids. Donations of beads have also come in.


To purchase a bracelet, leave a message on the Griffins’ Facebook page, LarryandTammyGriffin.


The splash pad is the first project on the Lions Club’s 10-year improvement plan for the park, located near the Davidson Centre. The water park is estimated to cost $650,000 to complete, including the splash pad, water and sewer hookups, road work, washrooms and change rooms and landscaping. The municipality has been asked to pick up 60 per cent of the cost and the Lions Club will pay 40 per cent.


So far, more than $200,000 has been raised for the splash pad, including funds committed by the municipality. The Lions have also set up penny jars at a dozen businesses and organizations, including Canadian Tire, the Kincardine BIA office, Chamber of Commerce office and myFM, and have set a goal of collecting one million pennies. The club is also looking for sponsors whose names will be displayed on a donor wall around the splash pad.


“We’ve sold quite a few bricks this summer,” said Lion John McManus. “(The campaign) is going quite well.”


The Lions Club is planning a volleyball tournament fundraiser on Oct. 19 at the Davidson Centre. More information will be released as it becomes available.