A group of local residents gathered at the Rusty Duce Playpark in Estevan on August 17 to have some fun, get some exercise and raise some funds for an upcoming event.
They were involved in an all-day teeter-totter marathon that collected money for the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA). A few members of the public came and joined those who were collecting pledges.
Organizer Jennifer Kuchinka said she decided to go with the all-day session because she is very interested in fitness, and she was looking for a way for people to get together and enjoy the nice August weather.
Kuchinka said people were scheduled into two-hour blocks.
"We put it in two-hour increments because more than two hours is hard work," said Kuchinka. "I did three hours and it's a lot."
The individuals who were raising funds at Rusty Duce are slated to be part of a Brain Boogie Walk on September 7 around Wascana Park in Regina. They will continue to fundraise until the date of the walk.
"We just wanted to bring awareness to this," said Kuchinka.
Kuchinka suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2010 when she was struck, as a pedestrian, by a semi on a local highway. She suffered hematoma – which is bleeding and swelling of the brain – and she was in a coma for eight days. She spent a month in hospital in Regina, and six months at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.
"I'm pretty fortunate to be here, and I'm glad to be back at work," said Kuchinka.
She's also a teacher, and so she enjoys raising awareness about the importance of protecting the head.
"Our brain is the most important organ," she said.
The SBIA provides education towards preventing brain injuries in children and adults. They also have programs for people who have previously suffered traumatic brain injuries. It's a great organization, Kuchinka said.