Oak Bay Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation hands over $10,000 to Monterey Middle School adminstration and students to help build the next phase of its ongoing improvements to outdoor play space. (Submitted photo)

Oak Bay firefighters fund middle school playspace

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The Monterey Middle School playground enters its next phase with an extra $10,000 in the bank thanks to Oak Bay firefighters.

Oak Bay Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation raised funds through its annual Sausage Fest for the ongoing work to create an outdoor classroom and dynamic playspace. It’s the same amount the organization donated to the first phase of the work – a swing set and amphitheatre.

“We’re just trying to give back to the community as much as we can to help keep the future of Oak Bay looking bright and give kids the best opportunity we can,” said Jason Hodge, executive director Oak Bay Fire Fighter Charitable Foundation. Staff and students of the school also helped with the foundation’s Sausage Fest that raised the funds.

The charitable foundation funds a variety of projects and community groups from Oak Bay schools to athletics and larger organizations including the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund – a fundraising body for firefighters throughout the province. Visit oakbayfirefighters.com to learn more about the group.

Oak Bay Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation also raises funds with its annual tree recycling by donation at Fireman’s Park. They accept trees Jan. 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this year.

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