A fully-finished playhouse, complete with electric lights, a front porch, handmade cedar shakes, laminate flooring and vinyl siding is now on display in front of the A&W restaurant in Martensville.
The playhouse, delivered on Thursday, May 17, is the grand prize in a fundraising raffle for the Warman and Martensville KidSport charity. It was built entirely by Grade 12 students at Martensville High School (MHS).
Raffle tickets for the playhouse have been selling well for the past month thanks to the efforts of Martensville and District Lions Club members. But sales are expected to pick up significantly now that the public is able to see the playhouse on display in Martensville. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5.
The grand prize draw will be made on Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Martensville A&W.
Martensville KidSport Director Angela Reddekopp said the playhouse fundraiser is a major contributor to the success of the local charity, which provides funds to help under-privileged youngsters play organized sports.
“All the money raised from this raffle goes to help kids right here in Martensville and Warman,” said Reddekopp at the unveiling of the playhouse on May 17. “It gives them the opportunity to participate in sports that they might not otherwise be able to. We’re getting more applications from families every year, so the funds are definitely needed.”
Reddekopp said the MHS students did an “incredible job” on the playhouse. She added the support of sponsoring businesses, including Peter Kiewit Construction, Martensville Building and Home Supply, A&W, Feature Flooring, Clark’s Crossing Gazette and Brad’s Towing is also key to the success of the raffle.
In addition to providing a $5,000 donation last fall to cover the cost of building materials for this year’s playhouse, Kiewit Construction has also donated $10,000 for materials for the project over the next two years.
Peter Kiewit Construction is the company building the Martensville and Warman overpasses.
Peter Kiewit Project Manager Andrew Schumacher said the company allocates funds for community charities at every project it works on across North America.
“We look to help fund worthwhile organizations and charities,” said Schumacher. “We come on board and do what we can to help them succeed.”
Kiewit Quality Manager Mike Dietrich said the KidSport charity was chosen because not only is sports and recreation important to a community, the playhouse project also gives high school students a chance to learn valuable construction skills.
“It’s a good fit all around,” said Dietrich.
Rachelle Buffin of the Martensville A&W said the contribution by Peter Kiewit Construction is a huge help because it ensures the project will continue over the next two years. “We sincerely appreciate Kiewit for their endorsement of KidSport, knowing the importance that sports play in the development of our youth,” said Buffin. “A big thanks to all the sponsoring businesses, and especially to David Fossum, the MHS shop teacher, and his team of students for building this fabulous playhouse. Without them, there would be no playhouse to enjoy.”