When the playground in Castledowns next to the YMCA came down in the summer to make a way for a new one, area residents decided it would be a shame to see it go to waste.

“Kids in parts of the world, they would go crazy to have a playground like that,” said area MLA Thomas Lukaszuk, who was approached by resident Pat Zelenak with an idea.

The result is a team of 19 volunteers gathering this Saturday to pack a shipping container of playground equipment, tools, sporting goods and school supplies to Tarlac City in the Philippines, where they will head in mid-January to help build a playground.

Lukaszuk said the equipment is still in great shape.

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