Monday, December 22, 2014

Safety barbecue set for Saturday

The Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention Team is inviting everyone to a community barbecue to celebrate safety this Saturday at Point Park.
“We were discussing initiatives that the Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention Team would like to do,” said chair Tiffany Clifford-Smith, noting one of the members mentioned a community safety night that is done in Dryden.

“We thought that’s a great idea and something we would like to bring to Fort Frances,” Clifford-Smith remarked.
“We discussed it further and decided we would have it in the fall, on a weekend during the day so hopefully more families could come and attend.
“It’s a day planned for everyone,” she stressed. “It’s not just for kids.
“Although there are a lot of children’s activities planned, we’re hoping to target everyone.”
Clifford-Smith said the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club is sponsoring the barbecue while at least 13 different agencies will be setting up booths.
“Several different agencies throughout town are going to be setting up booths, some information booths, as well as interactive booths with games for children and families,” she explained.
“So there’s information for families to come and get, in terms of what the services are throughout town and how to access services.”
For instance, the OPP is bringing the canine unit from Kenora and will be doing an hour presentation.
Counselling agencies and different children’s agencies also will be on hand.
Clifford-Smith noted if there are agencies that still would like to get involved, it’s not too late.
“If they would like more information, they are welcome to give me a call,” she said.
“We tried to send out information to different agencies but sometimes people get missed, so we’re always open to more people coming and signing up.
“But I think we have a nice variety of different agencies coming out,” Clifford-Smith added.
“And on top of that, it’s just going to be something that’s fun for families to do together that is free of charge.”
In addition, there will be bouncy castles and face-painting for kids.
“So overall, I think it’s just going to be a really fun day for families,” Clifford-Smith enthused.
“It’s all free,” she noted. “There is no charge, so it is something that people can come out and spend the afternoon not only learning, but just having a really good time with their families.”
Clifford-Smith said they’re hoping to have good weather for the event, but still plan to go ahead even if Mother Nature doesn’t co-operate.
“We are going to have a tent there so if it isn’t as nice as we are hoping it’s going to be, there is still going to be a tent for the booths to be under and for people to enjoy their lunch,” she remarked.
She reiterated the focus of the barbecue is to promote safety and health for all residents of the community.
“The Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention Team is a group of dedicated and committed individuals whose aim is to raise awareness and find solutions for the problems associated with the misuse of substances in the Rainy River District,” Clifford-Smith explained.
“I think when it comes to the barbecue, we are hoping to bring people out to educate while at the same time provide an opportunity for families to have fun in an environment free from substances.”
The event will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
For more info, contact Clifford-Smith at 274-8541.

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