Bow Island splash park gets funding boost

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[UPDATED: Dec. 14, 2020] The Kale Porteous Memorial Splash Park in Bow Island is getting a boost from FMC’s Clean Fields, Community Yields program.

The Clean Fields, Community Yields program was born in April when FMC staff saw a need to support community organizations and projects affected by COVID-19 disruptions. Retailers were asked to choose worthy charities to receive 10 cents per acre from any FMC fall herbicide sold locally before Oct. 31.

Several dozen charities benefited from the program, which turned out to be “much bigger than we hoped,” said Jordan Brisebois, product manager at FMC.

“We’re going to be donating tens of thousands of dollars across Western Canada,” he said.

FMC decided to give an additional $5,000 to one charity and after an online vote, the Kale Porteous Memorial Splash Park was chosen. Kale Porteous was an 11-year-old boy who died in a farming accident in 2018.

“Kale was a very special boy who touched so many lives and to receive so much support to build a splash park in his honour is very heart warming,” said Chantel Timmons of the Troy Loney Charity Golf Classic, which is also raising money for the splash park.

*Update: a previous version of this article incorrectly stated ‘Farm Management Canada’ in the byline.

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