Garden Terrace dunk tank delivers fun and laughter while raising money for Alzheimer Society

July 29 event that got staff members soaked while raising money for charity

Garden Terrace residents had a “splash” on July 29 when they had a chance to get the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s staff members soaked in a dunk tank.

The event also raised $199 for the local chapter of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Rachael King, Garden Terrace’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says the home was looking for a way to marry fundraising with an activity that would be fun for residents and bring back fond memories.

Hiring a dunk tank was the perfect fit, she says.

“This was something that brings back the fun people may have had as children – it got the residents to reminisce and they had a lot of fun,” she tells The OMNIway.

“The residents had a front-row view of all of us being dunked.”

The dunk tank was rented from a local rental company, Dunk Man. Lou Fast Food, a local chip truck, was also on-site at Garden Terrace for the day.

Staff members paid $5 for lunch from the chip truck and $3 to throw a ball at the dank-tank target to soak their colleagues. Lunch and throws at the dunk tank were free for residents. Proceeds from the dunk tank and chip truck will be going to the Alzheimer Society.

The local fire brigade came by to fill the dunk tank with water. Later on, the firefighters returned to Garden Terrace and volunteered to be dunked to help raise money for the Alzheimer Society.

Dunk tank day is one of the most recent outdoor events Garden Terrace has hosted to deliver some fun to residents during the pandemic.

“We’re trying to bring back some of the fun again after a really hard year,” she says.

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