Residents in the Energy City were able to accomplish three things simultaneously on Sunday afternoon. They got to cool down, have fun, and support a great cause.
This was done at the Royal Heights Veterans Memorial Park, where the City of Estevan held a slip 'n slide party and barbecue. All proceeds went to the Estevan branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
"We're speechless," expressed President Troy LeBlanc at the thought.
"We're grateful that the city put this on, giving recognition to the park and our involvement in it," Frosty Forrest added, observing that a good sized crowd had come out for the event.
This just is one of several initiatives started by members of the community to assist the organization with their financial situation, and as Leonard Grube noted, most of them have been independently run.
"We really had nothing to do with most of them. We learned about them kind of second hand, but it's been great."
As it turned out, the afternoon payed off in more ways in one.
"We just had a businessman come and tell us that he is going to be making us a donation, so we're looking forward to that," Grube said, adding that the unnamed donor hoped others would follow suit.
According to Parks Manager Rod March, the events were already planned anyway when the Legion's call for help went out. For him, it was a natural step to provide assistance.
"The Legion took over sponsorship of this park a couple of years ago, so we thought it was a great opportunity at this time to have a little party to raise awareness and recognition to what the legion has done, and continues to do for our us."
"It's more along the lines of a win-win situation for everyone," he noted.