On June 6th, The Sandbox Project built a 150-foot pop-up sandbox on Ottawa’s Sparks Street to raise awareness of Canadian issues in child and youth health. Sandbox150 brought together children, Parliamentarians, kids’ health organizations, corporate Canada and media for a friendly midday sandcastle competition. Together, they celebrated the achievements of individuals and organizations working toward improving health and wellbeing outcomes for Canadian children and youth.
An Ontario150 Community Celebration, Sandbox150 was also a chance to look to the future. This collaborative event embraced the culture of inclusion, innovation and opportunity that could improve health and wellbeing outcomes for generations to come.
“There’s great work being done by organizations across Canada in the areas of child and youth health and wellbeing,” said Dr. Christine Hampson, President & CEO of The Sandbox Project. “Today is about recognizing the importance of working together – with families, government, child and youth organizations, as well as the corporate community – to create the change we need to see for Canada’s kids.”
Playing together in the sandbox were 80 Ottawa elementary school students, representatives of the media, corporate Canada, child and youth health organizations, and MPs from the national Liberal, Conservative, NDP and Green caucuses, as well as provincial MPPs and Ottawa City Councillors.
The Sandbox structure was generously built and donated by volunteers from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America Local 93. A wheelchair-accessible raised sandbox addition was donated and built by the Smilezone Foundation. To fill the gigantic sandbox, Karson Aggregates donated 72 tons of playground sand that will be rehomed in a local playground following the event. Healthy fruit and yogurt were provided for participating children by McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada.
Event Sponsors of Sandbox150 include the AstraZeneca Young Health Program, TELUS, Yellow Pages, Dream Unlimited, the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Carpenters District Council of Ontario.
The Sandbox Project thanks the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for their support of this Ontario150 Community Celebration.
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In addition to the signature event in Ottawa, The Sandbox Project has proudly hosted giant sandboxes in celebration of the 2013 International Children's Games in Windsor-Essex and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Parapan Am Games.