Projects for the ‘2011’ Year

The Calvin Ayre Foundation 2011 Children’s Xmas Party

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

This year the Calvin Ayre Foundation Children’s Xmas Party was combined with the Costa Rica Motorbike Clubs (2nd annual Toy Run). Together we put on a fantastic Christmas party for the Casa Hogar San Lazaro children, supplying entertainment, food and refreshments. We came loaded with gifts including much needed clothing, shoes and toys for all the children.
Casa Hogar San Lázaro” was founded to provide food and support on education, health and family values to children and adolescents living in marginal areas and extreme poverty.
The children that come to this institution on a daily bases are able to get one good meal a day, which most of them would not be able to receive otherwise. The institution also promotes that the children have to attend school to be able to take the benefits of this program, thereby forcing the parent/s to put them in school.
This past week the Calvin Ayre Foundation was given the opportunity to visit the Children’s Dining Room at Casa Hogar San Lázaro and to see first hand the benefits of this institution. We also arranged a walking tour in the daytime, through their very rundown and dangerous neighborhood that these children know as home.
At nighttime this area has the nickname of “Gothic City” because of how dangerous the crime, rapes, drug use and fighting that goes on through out the night. Areas like this the local police do no even venture in at night.
You can really appreciate how important the work of Casa Hogar San Lazaro is to the lives of these children after a visit through their neighbourhood.
Calvin Ayre Foundation would like to give special recognition to Casa Hogar San Lazaro Institution and their staff for all their hard work and dedication to helping these children. As well we want to thank all the motorbike clubs in Costa Rica that helped out to make this day so special for all the children.

P.A.N.A.R.E Ceremony Video

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Recently Calvin Ayre was in Costa Rica to cut the ribbon on the latest Calvin Ayre Foundation project, a fully functioning physiotherapy pool at the P.A.N.A.R.E. Adult Handicap Hospital and Children’s School.

The Calvin Ayre Foundation built washrooms, changing rooms, restored the brick, covered the pool and installed solar heating, vertical and parallel bars to make the P.A.N.A.R.E. pool the only one of its kind in Costa Rica. Click on Link to View

P.A.N.A.R.E.

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

This past Friday Calvin Ayre was in Costa Rica to cut the ribbon on the latest Calvin Ayre Foundation project, a fully functioning physiotherapy pool at the P.A.N.A.R.E. Adult Handicap Hospital and Children’s School.

The foundation had been looking for a project when they come across the rundown swimming pool at the P.A.N.A.R.E. hospital. Weeds overran the pool grounds, it had its brick crumbling into itself and without any walls, it was unprotected from the cool Santa Ana winds making it unusable for proper therapy.

The Calvin Ayre Foundation built washrooms, changing rooms, restored the brick, covered the pool and installed solar heating, vertical and parallel bars to make the P.A.N.A.R.E. pool the only one of its kind in Costa Rica.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Calvin Ayre talked about giving back to the community that has given him so much over the years. “I’m very happy to give something back to Costa Rica; I lived here for 10 years. Before leaving in 2006, Costa Rica was very good to me and I still consider it one of my homes, so the opportunity to give something back makes me feel really good.” Ayre continues, “I feel happy about this. I hope the good that comes out of this and the real work that gets done by the people who actually put this facility to into use will be a benefit to Costa Rica.”

The facility staff wasted no time putting the pool into use. During the ceremony, staff and patients were already utilizing the pool for exercises and therapy.

The Costa Rican vice Minister of Heath, Mauricio Vargas said that the pool is attracting attention from other hospitals in the country. “This pool will not only help the people of Santa Ana but help all of San Jose and all of Costa Rica, it will be part of a network where other facilities can send their patients here for treatment.”

The hospital administrators expect to help 400 patients a month in their recovery efforts. The Vice Minister said that by using a pool of this type, a patient is 30% more likely to achieve a full recovery.

Having better medical facilities will grow the local community as the Vice Mayor of Santa Ana said through a translator, “The pool will improve the lives of not only the children of Santa Ana but the country. People will relocate to Santa Ana so that they can be closer to this facility. Thank you to the Calvin Ayre Foundation for its gift.”

CEO of the Calvin Ayre Foundation, Anita Ayre talks about the project, “We were looking for a new project for the foundation, helping PANARE was an awesome opportunity to help those who need it most. I can’t help but smile seeing the smiles on the patient’s faces, they have a long road ahead but we hope this will ease their journey.”

View the pictures of the project here.