By Gord Bowes, News staff
Ryan Hinds’ life was changed last year during a trip back to the country of his birth.
He went to Guyana with a charitable group that was helping to upgrade the neonatal intensive care unit at Georgetown Hospital.
After seeing the work Guyana Help The Kids had done in just two years, he jumped on board to help them raise money for further improvements at the hospital.
“It’s 20 to 30 years behind,” says Hinds, a defensive back with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. “What I saw in the neonatal unit was basically a bunch of cribs sardined into a small area.
“It’s a situation a child shouldn’t have to go through. Going to the hospital sucks enough.”
Last Sunday, he held the second annual Touch A Tractor fundraising event at the Robar Centre for Transport Training on Nebo Road.
He started the fundraiser last year with the help of Robar owners Paul Hoag and Susan Edwards, who offered up their grounds, staff and equipment.
The chance to see and climb aboard a variety of heavy machinery, plus meet some Ticats and Ticat cheerleaders or take part in some face painting, food trucks or a reptile show, has drawn hundreds of visitors the past two years and raised over $20,000.
Colin Jacobs, who was attending the event with his two grandchildren, said Touch a Tractor is a great event for people of all ages.
“It’s a good charity and the kids like it — diggers and pushers at any age from six to 60.”
For more information about Guyana Help The Kids or to make a donation, go to guyanahelpthekids.com.