Multiple Sclerosis/Young Care Board Game Event
LXG has had a relationship with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland for the past three years. The club runs a fortnightly games night for the residents of the MS Granston Lodge facility at Dutton Park. MS has assisted LXG by supporting our grant applications for such things as games, tables and computers.
This year, MS asked if LXG would be interested in hosting a games night for Young Care, a care facility for persons with disabilities (mainly loss of motor skills) caused by brain-related injury or disease. So in 2012 we have been running a games evening for both groups. This year we introduced a tournament format, whereby the players scored points each evening in a similar fashion to our “Game of Games” concept. The highest scorer of the year gets a trophy.
The residents of both facilities have embraced a wide selection of games that we play at LXG, their favourites being titles such as “Ra”, “Ticket to Ride” and “Zooloretto”. When the residents of Granston Lodge discovered that Young Care enjoyed the same games they were playing, they issued a challenge for a showdown in December – the two Granston Lodge top scorers vs the two top scorers from Young Care.
The games agreed for the play off were “Ra” and “Zooloretto”. Each facility would host one of the games. The scores of the two players on each team would be added together to provide a total score. If one team won “Ra” and the other team won “Zooloretto” there would be a tie-breaker using “Ticket to Ride”.
The first championship was played this week on the 7th of December at the Young care facility at Jindalee. Representing Granston Lodge was Tracey Christensen and Glen Jewel. Young Care was represented by Linda Pickett and Hazel Jenkins. The game played was “Ra”. Both teams had supporters to cheer them on.
It was a great evening and the final result of the night couldn’t have been better – a dead heat with a combined score of 50 points for each side. The carers at Young Care advised that the facility was buzzing with the news of the game the next morning. Next week, Granston Lodge will host the second round with “Zooloretto” most likely deciding the outcome (unless it’s a tie again!)
A Call for Help
If you are interested in helping out on the MS or Young Care nights contact Keith Done on (07) 33988745 or at the club. Games are run at Annerley for MS on Wednesday nights (6.30pm – 8.30pm) and Thursday nights (same time) for Young Care at Jindalee. You don’t have to attend every session – it would be great just to have a few people to cover nights when Keith is unable to get there. Besides being the rules lawyer, you are usually required to play cards and roll dice for people who have limited ability using their hands. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.