Donation helps Banksia Grove school install shaded playground for student with rare condition

Craig Higgs and Debbie Williams from Woolworths Banksia Grove with Aleczander Ford and fellow Year 1 students. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491670
Craig Higgs and Debbie Williams from Woolworths Banksia Grove with Aleczander Ford and fellow Year 1 students. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491670

FUNDRAISING has helped a student to play outside at his Banksia Grove school when he started this year.

Aleczander Ford has a rare condition that causes his body to overheat.

Heading into Year 1 at the start of the year, his parents were concerned there was not a shaded playground at St John Paul II Catholic Primary School where he would be able to play with his friends.

They set out to fundraise $7000 for a shaded nature playground to be installed.

Woolworths Banksia Grove then heard about the initiative and donated more than $3000 to the project, which officially opened last month.

Mum Lisa Ford said it was important for them to ensure Aleczander was provided for when starting school.

“Our vision has come to life with the help of the school and the generous donation from Woolworths,” she said.

“It’s great to see the community recognise Zander’s condition and come together to create something that everyone can benefit from.

“We’re so happy to have such a beautiful shaded area for our son to play in with all of his friends.”