Glider swing on order

A wheelchair-accessible swing has been ordered by the Town of Fort Frances and is expected to be installed at the Lions Park here this fall.
Bill Caul, airport and parks superintendent for the town, said the swing, called a “Sway Fun,” has been ordered along with equipment for other local playgrounds.
“We have no delivery date yet,” he noted, adding he hopes to install all the equipment this fall.
The swing has been part of an extended fundraising campaign by the Alpha Upsilon chapter of local Beta Sigma Phi sorority.
Chapter members have been fundraising for the glider for more than three years, and they are pleased to see their hard work paying off.
“We are very close to our goal,” said sorority member Sue Danku, noting they have raised about $13,500 of the estimated $15,000 project.
“We’re looking to go past that just to make sure we’re covered for everything,” she added.
George Armstrong Co. has agreed to donate any cement, gravel, and sand needed for the project.
The sorority held a successful “Beach Baby” contest last month, and now is selling tickets for a raffle to raise the remaining funds.
First prize is a Lamaze infant gift package, donated by Betty’s, second prize is a youth bike, donated by Skates and Blades, third prize is a Step Two folding slide, donated by Canadian Tire, and fourth prize is an outdoor portrait sitting and one 11×14 print, donated by In-Focus Photography.
“It’s been a little bit slow,” Danku said of the ticket sales. “We’re hoping they’ll gear up as we get close to the draw date.”
Tickets cost $2 each, which are available from sorority members. The draw will be held Sept. 2.
The “Sway Fun” is large enough to hold about a dozen people, including two in wheelchairs. It allows children with physical disabilities to play with other children and their families without fear of segregation.
In addition to children who are physically challenged, the swing also could benefit seniors and other adults with mobility difficulties.

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