NEWFOUNDLNAD AND LABRADOR
The Sunnyside recreation committee are hosting the town’s first charity run.
The “In the Sun” walk/run/ride 5 km will take place Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m., with proceeds going towards the communities’ new playground.
Lisa Reid, deputy mayor and head of the recreation committee, said she first thought of the idea when she participated in the Power to Hope run in Clarenville this past May.
“It just hit me to do a run. It just hit me after I did the Power to Hope that maybe we should try it here,” she explained.
The current playground (owned by the Lion’s Club) in Sunnyside is near the Lion’s Club parking lot.
Reid says that last summer, a child coming off the playground onto the parking lot was nearly hit by a vehicle, which prompted discussion amongst the recreation committee about having the playground moved to a safer location.
The committee approached both the Lion’s Club and town council about potentially moving the playground, but, as some of the equipment was older and it could prove costly to move everything, and as the committee found a discount on new playground equipment, it was decided to purchase an entirely new equipment.
The wheelchair accessible playground also comes with a special swing fitted for children with autism.
“We’re trying to get all the kids here out playing,” said Reid.
As the current playground is dedicated to the memory of Lion’s Club members who have passed on, Reid says that the plan is to bring any equipment bearing the mark of the Lion’s Club and that passes a safety inspection will be moved to the new playground.
Work on the playground has already begun, with the equipment arriving early August.
The run was originally scheduled for Sept. 8, but was postponed due to low registration. To register, visit or call the town office at (709) 472-4506.