Duncan Shaw, left, and Dave MacKay, owners of the Summerside Storm, announced the first project for a newly funded charity called Storm Kids. The Storm Kids Dream Home with Sherwood BMR will have raffled tickets sold and proceeds will go to four Island charities. Guardian photo
STRATFORD — The sound of hammers pounding and saws cutting echoed through the air Thursday in the Kinlock Creek subdivision in Stratford.
Only this time, a new house is being built involving the Summerside Storm pro basketball team with four P.E.I. charities in mind.
This modern house will be raffled off and all proceeds will go to the charities.
The Storm Kids Dream Home by Sherwood BMR is the first initiative for the newly formed Storm Kids Charity.
“This is our first project and it is going to be ready in August, we are going to raffle this house off. We are going to sell somewhere around 4,000 tickets between $100 and $125,” said Duncan Shaw co-owner of the Summerside Storm.
Storm Kids Charity is devoted to raising money for kid’s causes within the Island community.
The money raised will go towards the payment of the house and the rest will be donated to four different youth-oriented charities, including KidSport P.E.I., Easter Seals of P.E.I., the Pediatric Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Maternal Child Care Unit of the Prince Country Hospital.
“We wanted to really focus on the health and well being of Island children as well as the families and that we were really most interested in supporting organizations that contribute directly to front line services,” said Jacqueline Goodwin, executive director for Strom Kids.
It was a combination of both Shaw and his wife Goodwin putting together their interests and coming out with the idea to build the house.
“Duncan comes from a long line of builders and I haven’t read a design magazine that I haven’t found interesting,” said Goodwin.
It’s something they have been thinking about for a while now.
“It’s really exciting, we’ve thought about it for a while and now the shovel is in the ground,” said Shaw.
The house is expected to be finished by August. It will be complete with a double-car garage, specialty tiles and glass railings. The house will also be partially furnished.
“We’re going to use some higher-end BMR products, specialty lighting and flooring and we’re going to have fun with some tile applications,” said Goodwin.
Shaw said Storm Kids is something the ownership group of Shaw and Darren MacKay has been looking at since day one.
“As much as we’re excited about basketball and the events we put on, the Storm was started to be more than a basketball team, it was started to be an Island institution and part of the community,” said Shaw.
Once the house is finished they will set up appropriate times that people can stop in and view.