Executive director of the Campbell River Literacy Association Kat Eddy (right) and coordinator of the organization’s adult literacy program, Sherry Bujold, are getting some practice in before their 10th annual Scrabble Tournament. The event helps the organization purchase learning materials for their programs. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

I can help community literacy programming by simply playing a board game?

Registration open now for 10th Annual Campbell River Literacy Association Scrabble Tournament

Are you a fan of words? Are you also a fan of having fun?

Want a double word score? Maybe a triple?

Well, you can do just that just by having a few hours of fun to benefit a local non-profit who is promoting literacy within our community and offering programs to make that promotion into a reality.

Registration is now open for the Campbell River Literacy Association’s 10th annual Scrabble Tournament, which raises money to support that organization’s programming.

Specifically, according to executive director Kat Eddy, it lets them buy books.

“We got about $1,200 last year from this event, and our goal is $1,500 this year,” Eddy says. “That will buy us one shelf of learning material for our resource library. High-interest, low-literacy adult resources are very expensive.”

The tournament runs March 10 this year at Robron Centre.

And yes, there are prizes, but not necessarily for the winners of the Scrabble matches themselves.

“After each game, we draw a name out of a hat for the prizes for that game,” Eddy says. “That way it’s not about who is the best at Scrabble, but about being a part of it all.”

There will also be door prize draws, a prize for the person who brings in the most donations, and lunch will be provided, as well.

Entry for the tournament is $50. While that may sound steep to some for a couple hours of board games and lunch, it’s not that they’re looking at it as an entry fee to be paid by the entrant.

“The idea is that you’ll get pledges from your friends and family, knowing it’s going to a good cause,” says Sherry Bujold, coordinator of adult literacy for the society.

You can pick up a pledge sheet from their office at Robron Centre (740 Robron Road) from Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or at Willow Point Used Books and either return it to the office by March 1 or bring it with you on the day, along with your pledges.

Eddy says they will also have registration and pledge forms on their website, literacyforall.ca, by Feb. 7.

For more information, contact them by email at info@literacyforall.ca or by phone at 250-923-1275.