Beach Day Wrap-Up 2015

Carl Dente, Freelance Writer

Another successful MFRC Beach Day was held at MacDonalds Beach in Shearwater on Sunday, August 16. The event was organized by the Halifax Military Family Resource Centre. With clear blue skies and a high of 28 degrees, it was a perfect day to spend outdoors.

Dozens of families came out to enjoy each others company and organizers estimated that over 300 people turned out for the event. There was no shortage of activities for attendees. They had everything from washer toss and a giant parachute to mini golf and glitter tattoos. The Sea King Club also sponsored a bouncy gym, which thrilled a lot of the kids. Folks enjoyed BBQ hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cold drinks that were served up by MFRC volunteers.

C-100 was in attendance in support of the event.

“We have lots of treats and games for the kids,” said Jordan and Delaney as they passed out free ice cream on behalf of C-100.

But the main attraction by far was the beach itself, where the bulk of the visitors could be found. Parents and kids swam and splashed the day away in the water under the watchful eyes of the lifeguards. The most popular event was the sandcastle competition, where kids and parents alike teamed up to show off their creativity on the beach. It was a chance for the kids to showcase their talent and imaginations.

Wing Commander Colonel Peter Allan, Wing Chief CWO Michael Whitman, and Holly Rye, (representing the MFRC) were among the judges for the event.

It was an occasion for adults to share their support stories about the MFRC with each other. Amber first started using the MFRC when her husband was on deployment and now meets up with other members for coffee every Friday.

“Some of the girls are now my closest friends,” she said.