Faith communities of Whitney Pier and surrounding area, representing diverse denominations and cultures, are working together to support Habitat for Humanity Cape Breton Chapter.
An inter-faith group has spent the past year creating “The Pier” board game.
This beautifully designed, easy-to-learn game–sure to be a collector’s item–will be launched and available for purchase ($40) on Thursday, July 9, 4-6:30pm at a fun reception at the Polish Village Hall (Victoria Road at Jamieson St.). All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for attending.
“As a Habitat Chapter, we have to raise one third of the cost of our new build within our community,” said Adrian Wilson, chair of the Cape Breton chapter of Habitat for Humanity. “The Pier board game will help us achieve that goal; it represents a tremendous investment of time and energy from the inter-faith group, and we are very thankful for their hard work. Now comes the fun part: playing the game!”
The game has both competitive and co-operative rules, as well as trivia questions about The Pier – its history, its diverse cultures, its people, and its places. The rules of the game were written by the group, based on initial work by CBU students and faculty, and the trivia questions came from the community. Places on the board are recognizable Pier landmarks, past and present.
A “live version” of the game was tested last year in a special event featuring teams from the community and Pier places of faith opened to visitors, with guides.
Keeping with the purpose of the project, the aim of the game is be the first player to build three Habitat for Humanity homes while making sure no player runs out of resources.
The launch event on July 9 will also provide an opportunity for cultural sharing between the faith communities, affiliated organizations and guests. Snacks, refreshments and entertainment will be provided. “The Pier” board game will be available for purchase and people are encouraged to stop in to play a few rounds with friends while enjoying the music. Special remarks will also be delivered from members of the faith communities group and Habitat, among others.
“The Pier” board game artwork was done by artist Keith Baldwin and Kwik Kopy Printing did the graphic design. The project would not be possible without the many sponsors who so generously supported the game.
The Cape Breton Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will soon be building a new home on Breton Street in Whitney Pier for a qualifying family in need of decent, affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity builds modest family homes and sells them with no down payment and zero interest to working families who don’t qualify for a regular mortgage. Habitat families help with building the homes. Then Habitat uses the monthly payments to build another home for another family.