When Murray Froebe’s kids enjoy the brand new playground at Carman Elementary in Carman, MB, they’re not just having fun, they’re experiencing a part of their grandfather’s legacy.
A portion of the funding for the playground was made possible because of Murray’s father, Earl Froebe, a local farmer.
“It was an emotional moment when his name was drawn,” said Murray.
Earl nominated the playground project as part of Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities (CFGC), a project sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which lets farmers nominate small town non-profits with grants of $2,500. But before the draw took place, Earl suddenly passed away.
“My father is a big community person and always had an eye out for community projects to support,” said Murray, who runs a 3rd generation seed farm. “Perhaps, seeing my sons growing up, he really saw the need for it in the community.”
Carman Elementary’s playground was condemned and torn down last year. Locals worked diligently to raise money and provide a replacement for the community’s children. Thanks in part to Earl’s donation, Carman Elementary raised the $120,000 they needed to complete the new structure.
“Lots of kids have been playing there all summer long,” said Murray. “I have two boys, one is three years old and one is going into grade 3, and they love it.”
According to Murray, many families have returned to Carman over the years to raise their children, making it all the more important that a new playground be built. He recommends other farmers look for a good cause to nominate for a CFGC grant, like his father did.
“Find a project that helps strengthen the community now and for the future,” said Murray. “Every town has a voice. Get the word out with your fellow farmers and apply.”