“Who knew you could make a difference by playing a game of Scrabble.
The 12th annual Good Words for Africa event on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Bedford Village (161 Festival Way) organized by the Sherwood Park Eastside Grannies is expected to raise thousands for the 17 million children who have been orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Spelling enthusiasts and those interested in giving back to third-world countries can begin to congregate around 1 p.m.
“It’s a cooperative Scrabble event and appeals to different people. It’s also in Bedford Village so we try to interact with the people who live there and invite them down for tea and coffee and ask them to join in,” said Phyllis Kornder, vice-president of the Sherwood Park Eastside Grannies. “Anyone can show up and play. It’s another way to make people aware of what Eastside Grannies is about.”
Funds collected will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, which supports grandmothers in Africa who have lost children to the AIDS crisis and are now raising their families. The first event in 2007 brought in $55,000 and has averaged between $10,000 to $12,000 annually since then.
The event isn’t seeking expert Scrabble sharks and no individual scores will be posted.
“Good Words for African Scrabble benefit is not necessarily looking for great Scrabble players, we’re looking for great people to play Scrabble. Young and old are welcome to take part,” said the group.
The table with the highest cumulative points will win a prize. There will be at least 40 seats available at any given time.
“We do provide cheat sheets because it’s a cooperative game, so the possibility of using a seven letter word is quite high actually,” added Kornder.
Residents are welcomed to drop-in at any point during the afternoon and sign up for $25.”