The Road Ahead : December 2011
the playground will give many families in our community enjoyment for many, many years to come. It's just gorgeous. MAKES YOUR DAY 9 DEC 2011/JAN 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD RACQ FOUNDATION COMMUNITY *RACQ Members receive 1% p.a. discount off their loan rate. Member discount does not apply to the New Car Special rate. Settlement of the RACQ Finance loan contract must occur on or prior to 31 March 2012. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash or other goods and services. * No ongoing fees • Great fixed rate Apply today R ACQ282 Members save: Visit racq.com/carloans or call 1300 361 316 play in helping the children feel safe and happy in the flood's aftermath -- a role not to be underestimated. With little chance of fundraising the amount needed to get the play area back into safe and working order, the centre applied for funds through the RACQ Foundation and received approval for $81,500 to install a new playground and replace the bark soft fall. According to centre director Kay Harling, the playground was an integral part of the kindergarten's play-based approach to learning and since the new playground was installed in October, it had been enthusiastically received by the children and their families. "Physical play fosters qualities such as curiosity, perseverance and risk taking," Ms Harling said. "The playground equipment maximises the children's physical learning experience and enjoyment, encouraging adventure and exploration in a natural environment. "It has also given families and children who went through the floods an outlet to focus on, something to enjoy and help them forget what they went through in 2011." The new playground was designed and built by Harry Pearson and made of sustainable materials to enhance the natural playscape, incorporating commissioned art works and sculptures of native fauna to add another dimension to the learning environment. The new soft fall is a heavy substance designed not to float away and the tree house footings have been coated with marine tar to ensure the footings won't rot in wet weather. Ms Harling said that without the RACQ Foundation's help, the new playground would not yet be a reality. "We cannot thank the RACQ Foundation enough for what they have given the community of Emerald," Ms Harling said. "The playground will give many families in our community enjoyment for many, many years to come. It's just gorgeous. " The Emerald Preschool and Community Kindergarten was just one of more than 90 community groups and organisations across Queensland to receive a total of $5 million from the RACQ Foundation distributions so far. Applications for the next round of funding close December 30, 2011. For more information, visit www.racq.com.au/ foundation.
February March 2012