After months of anticipation and watching their dream being built in front of them, the kids’ eyes opened wide and they went wild when their new playground was unveiled.
The children of the impoverished Riverton community in Kingston, Jamaica finally got to play on the brand, spanking new adventure equipment at their community school — all thanks to the hard work and dedication of Richmond resident Ayako Turnbull and her team from Fundamentals for Change Society (FFC).
Turnbull and FFC had been working on the playground project — raising funds locally and employing Jamaicans for its construction — for the last year or so, up until the unveiling a few weeks ago.
“The kids watched it being built for several months and were not allowed to play in it, so they were very excited,” said McMath secondary grad Turnbull, who traveled to Jamaica to open the playground and to deliver medical supplies along with FFC’s Jeff Kuzik, of Richmond, and Meaghan Kyte, of Ladner.
“In fact, they went wild when we officially opened it. They were all over it and loved it.
“Before, it was two old swings for about 150 students.”