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Twenty-three participate in community fundraiser

SOUTHAMPTON – More than 20 participants passed by the playground as they participated in the Surviving Southampton run on Saturday morning, May 31, knowing it will see improvements thanks to their efforts.

Participants head out for the inaugural Surviving Southampton fun run on Saturday, May 31, which includes a trail run and puzzles, all to raise funds for the local community playgroun.

The 5-km trail run, complete with puzzles, prizes and a lot of fun, was a first-time effort for the community, with all proceeds going towards refurbishing the playground in front of the fire hall and community centre.

“We’re going to paint the swing sets, and fill it up with new interesting swings, with each one different,” said Jodi Simon-Murray, a local parent who raised funds for the cause all winter. “We’ll also paint the monkey bars, treat the metal, and put flowers all around. It’s just an upgrade.”

Simon-Murray raised $1,200 with various fundraisers over the winter months, such as bake sales, as well as donations from individuals and businesses, and with a raffle of a bridle donated by Crystal Goodwin during a horse show at Runaway Lane Farm.

How much was raised by the Surviving Southampton event was yet to be determined on Saturday, but she was confident it would be enough to put the project over the top for this year. Proceeds came in from registration fees, while prizes were donated by local businesses and drawn for.

Participants in the fun run pieced together jigsaw puzzles as they traversed the course, and then did a letter scramble upon their return that spelled out “Surviving Southampton.”

Organizers seemed happy with the turnout.

“Twenty-three participated and 25 signed up,” said Denise Dickinson. “For our first year, I’m absolutely happy with that.”

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