Let Them Be Kids

Let Them Be Kids is an all volunteer non-profit organization created to build community capacity on the grassroots level, while building playgrounds, skate parks and fitness parks across Canada. These projects leave a legacy of community members who are inspired and better equipped to lay a strong foundation for a brighter tomorrow.

Desired Outcomes

Remember when you were a kid and how it felt to spend days with friends and family at the park. The excitement you felt driving over the bumpy road, knowing the playground was just ahead............... Let's bring that joy to our children.

As a Recreation Committee and Town Council we are striving to meet the following goals:
- To create a social hub where all residents of Hare Bay can connect.
- To restore pride and ownership in our community by bringing everyone together to achieve a common goal thereby developing a more united community empowered to create positive change.
- To provide our youth with opportunities that will foster positive self-growth and leadership skills, encouraging them to take an active role in their community.
- To enhance the lives of our children by creating a safe and sustainable play area that will promote physical and social activity for the children and their families.
- Networking with local businesses and organizations to increase support and participation thus allowing us to develop future projects.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thanks To You . . . . . . WE DID IT.

I know you've heard the expression "A picture is worth a thousand words", well here are our one thousand words, along with two more ........... Thank You.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Quilt Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the quilt, Linda Benoit of Hare Bay. Her name was drawn on Build Day.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Playground Pre-Build

It may have been raining but it didn't stop these guys from doing what needed to be done. We appreciate every minute you spent helping us out. A BIG thank you to Oram's Ready Mix Cement for donating every drop of cement we needed and to Castle Building Supplies for donating the lumber needed for our two playground signs.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ball Caps for Sale

Bruce and Elizabeth Collins have generously donated some ball caps that their son David collected while in hospital battling cancer. David was a very active young boy before he got sick and he loved sports and spent much of his time playing hockey at the rink. Unfortunately David lost his battle and passed away about 21 years ago. His parents gave the Recreation Committee these hats knowing that David would be so proud to help out with this great cause. So far in one day we raised over $390 dollars and we have at least 150 hats left to sell. If anyone is interested in purchasing a cap please contact Sue Collins at todd-sue@hotmail.com or any other committee member. Thanks very much for your support!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Tools Required For Build Day

BUILD DAY: June 18th, 2011

Time: 8am - 4pm
Location #1: Anstey Rd - Hare Bay Memorial Park
Location #2: Job's Lane - Beverly Forward Sunshine Playground

We need lots of volunteers, please "Join The Effort" here on our site so we can better organize our Build Day of June 18th. Please list any skills you have and any tools you can bring with you.

Below is a list of tools required June 16th, 17th and 18th. June 16th and 17th are days where the structural work gets done such as welding and cement work. We need 8-10 volunteers for each of those days and we are in dire need of a ticketed welder for both days. Please let us know if you have any of these items that we can use. All tools will be tagged and registered to insure they return to their rightful owner.

Tools and items we need:

- 80 bags of premix concrete or 1.92 cubic yards
- 16 pcs @ 12"x48" Sono Tube
- 15 Shovels
- 15 wheelbarrows
- 20 rakes
- 1 sledgehammer
- 8 cordless drills
- Drill bits (21/64", 5/32", 1/4", 1/8") 2 of each
- 4 ratchet sets(3/4", 1/2", 9/16",1/4")
- Torx bits - com. sizes T45, T30, T55, T40, & T27
- 8 impact drivers
- 1 Heavy Duty Grinder/metal cutting chop saw
- 2 step ladders (8' - 10' if possible)
- 4 each Levels 2' and 4',
- String Line/Marking paint
- 6 Tape Measures
- Stick welder - 200 amp gas powered cables
- 3 boxes of 7018 Welding rods - 3/16"
- 2 Extension cords (25' long)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tops Walk

Our local Tops chapter held a community walk on Thursday, June 2 to raise money for the playground. They brought in $375 so far and there are a few more sponsor sheets still to come in. Thanks SO much ladies! That is a big help in getting us closer to our goal.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Volleyball Tournament

Thank you to those who supported us at the volleyball tournament. Even though there wasn't a large turnout, we still managed to raise $810.00. Congratulations to the champions of the Traci McDonald team, "Tiger Blood".

Friday, May 27, 2011

Song Writer's Circle

What a wonderful night!!! Not only was there great original music by Hare Bay's own Bryan Oram, Grace Parsons, Gary Collins and Alonzo Glover but we had an awesome surprise donation. First of all, thank you to Alec and Bryan Oram for coming up with the idea of the Song Writer's Circle and taking it on as a fundraiser. Also to Grace, Gary and Alonzo for taking the time to share your music and talent with us. Thanks to the Music Store in Gander for donating the use of some of the equipment that the musicians used. Of course, a BIG thanks to all those who attended, without you this night would not have been a success. We raised $525.00 at the door in freewill donations. And of course we can't forget the surprise donation. We can't express how grateful we are to Paul and Karen Oram of the Oram Group of Companies who presented the committee with a donation of $7500.00! That has helped so much in getting us closer to our goal. Thank you again to everyone involved in this evening and for making it a very memorable one.

Cold Plate Sale

Thank you to everyone for making this day a great success! Special thanks goes to Rose Collins and Nicole Parsons for heading up this fundraiser. Thanks to all the groups in Hare Bay that came together to cook turkeys, make salads, cut out the cold plates, the drivers who went door to door and of course to everyone who purchased them. Without you we could not have pulled this off. We don't have a final tally on how many were made but it was almost 1000 cold plates! What a lot of food. After expenses we took in a little over $4600.00, what an awesome fundraiser. And they were delicious too!

T-Shirt Orders

We are taking orders now for Build Day T-shirts. We are asking $5 each to help cover some of the cost. The sizing is as follows: Children's - small, medium, large, x-large. Adults - small, medium, large, x-large, xx-large. If you would like to purchase any shirts we need to know by June 3rd so that we can place the order and have them printed in time for Build Day. Think of this as a great souvenir of what our town will accomplish on June 18. Contact a Recreation Committee member for details.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Netbook Ticket Draw

A big THANK YOU to the Dover Family Resource Center for donating the Netbook laptop that we sold tickets on and thanks to all those who purchased tickets. We raised over $2100 dollars on this draw. How awesome is that??? That will help put big smiles on the children's faces on Build Day. Congratulations to the winner - Shirley Rogers of Hare Bay now living in Ontario.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Generous Little Girl

This warmed our hearts ....... A special (and very cute too, I might add) little girl by the name of Alicia Lane told her mother that she wanted to save her money and donate it for the new playground. She saved up $100.00 and proudly handed it in along with helping her mother save up recycling. Well Alicia, we are very proud of you and we thank you very, very much. We can't wait to see you on Build Day.

Playground Layouts

After many hours of planning and preparation, this is what we anticipate both playgrounds to look like. We're trying to keep as many existing trees as possible and we plan on planting some new ones in the future. I hope the excitement is building in you as it is in us, let us as a community make this a reality for our children of today and tomorrow.

Hare Bay Memorial Park
Beverly Forward Sunshine Playground

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Donations In Memory Of :

In Memory of Ms. Beverly Forward;
- Robert & Ann Dean
- Dennis Barrow
- Janet Headge
- Wayne & Geraldine Blackwood
- Rosalyn Sheppard
- Patrick & Karen Wall
- John & Linda Dwyer
- Boyce & Mac Vivian
- Ray & Evelyn Penny
- Cherry Hounsell
- Nicole Parsons
- Carl & Lucy Saunders
- Gary & Rose Collins
- David & Pearl Rogers
- Rose Lewis
- Judy Forward
- Jim & Gertie Pardy
- Noreen Saunders
- Donna Attwood
- Mary & Roy Jeans
- Gerald & Ann Rogers
- Bob & Cavell Budgell
- Krista Blackwood
- Karl & Maud Arnold
- Monique Arnold
- Carol D. Arnold
- Susan Skinner
- Robin & Dianne Vatcher
- Winston & Viola Brown
In Memory of David Collins;
- Doyle & Elaine Budden
- Bruce & Elizabeth Collins
- Edward & Winnie Plaska
- Agnes Collins (Grandmother) & Family
In Memory of Pop Humphries;
- Tammy Collins-Luedee
In Memory of Thomas and Maggie Collins;
- Brian Collins
In Memory of Howie Roberts;
- Howard Collins
In Memory of Michelle Collins;
- The Collins Family
In Memory of Carrie & Ken Wicks;
- Janine Wicks
In Memory of Jake Wicks;
- Janine Wicks
In Memory of Terry Goulding;
- Linda Collins-Banfield
- Skyler Collins-Starkes
In Memory of Gladys Irish;
- Ann Dean
In Memory of Betty Hillier;
- Clarence & Esther Vivian
In Memory of Andrew (Andy) Collins;
- Amanda Collins & Noel Oram
- Stan & Anne Collins
- Neal, Bridget, Andrew, Alex & Aaron Hunt
- Herman, Lori, Tyrone, Allison & William Collins
- Kirk, Tammy, Kurtis & Kameron Collins
In Memory of Neil Oram;
- Amanda Collins & Noel Oram
In Memory of Sadie Wells;
- Kevin & Marion Wells and Family
- Ernst & Maggie Ettrich
- Dean Wells, Julie, Noah & Faith Oxford
In Memory of Frazer Ward;
- Julie Oxford & Deanna Ward
In Memory of Poppy Paul Collins;
- Tye Collins & Owen Oram
In Memory of Gladstone Saunders;
- David & Faye Pickett
- Cora, Scott, Zachary & Alyssa Rowsell
- Stephen & Francine Badcock
In Memory of Walter Pickett;
- David & Faye Pickett
In Memory of Nicky Collins;
- Gary & Rose Collins
- Clint, Jackie & Melody Collins
- Robin & Dillon Collins
- Mike, Nicole & Maggie Parsons
In Memory of all deceased Hare Bay/Dover Lions;
- Hare Bay/Dover Lions Club
In Memory of Brett Collins;
- Russell & Shirley Smith
In Memory of Obediah & Josephine Glover;
- Pauline Davis
In Memory of David Norris;
- Pauline Davis
In Memory of Cyril Mercer;
- Pauline Davis
In Memory of Arthur Glover;
- Pauline Davis
In Memory of Herman Collins;
- Stan & Anne Collins
In Memory of Candace Budden;
- Tracey, Dave, Joshua & Ethan Budden
In Memory of Laura Emma Collins;
- Jolene Vivian & Patrick Collins
- Gord Collins & Dallas Elliott
In Memory of Sarah Smith;
- Kim Firmage, Dwayne Smith & Katherine Smith
In Memory of Debbie Ford Rideout;
- Dean Wells
In Memory of Wilson & Irene Payne;
- Jim, Lynn, Jamie & Jonathan Payne
In Memory of Paul Collins:
- Mom & Dad
- Nancy & Chantelle
In Memory of Jasmine Fry;
- The Wiseman Family
In Memory of Wally Collins;
- Mary & Chesley Collins
In Memory of Courtney Justice Smith;
- Blair & Leona Smith
In Memory of Owen & Noah Collins;
- Todd & Sue Collins
- Tim & Alice Kelly
- Leo & Anita Collins
In Memory of Ada Collins;
- Janie & Arlene Collins
In Memory of Rex & Jean Rowsell;
- Scott, Cora, Zachary & Alyssa Rowsell
In Memory of Baby Calvin Collins;
- Dallas Elliott & Gord Collins
In Memory of Baby Christopher Mongrain;
- Krista Oram
In Memory of Nan and Pop Cooze;
- Trudy Cooze