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Stratford Youth Can Do member Alex Furi shows a Dungeons and Dragons dungeon master guide and player’s handbook that will be used by the group. Furi is holding a bottle drive as a way to purchase more equipment and make the game available to youths at the Stratford Cotton Centre.
Event takes place this coming Saturday, Jan. 11
STRATFORD — A Stratford teen is hoping that collecting empty bottles and cans will lead to some epic fantasy adventures for a number of youths in the area.
Alex Furi is the driving force behind a fundraiser to purchase Dungeons and Dragons game equipment for the Cotton Centre Youth Room.
While a bottle drive was supposed to be held this past Saturday, bad weather leading up to the weekend caused it to be postponed to Jan. 11. Those wishing to help can bring refundable items, including tetra juice packs, plastic and glass bottles and cans to the Cotton Centre Youth Room at 57 Bunbury Rd.
Furi said he felt adding Dungeons and Dragons, a popular fantasy role-playing game, would be a good way to bring more teens into the youth room.
Right now, he said there are very few going on the nights designated for his age.
“I decided to take it on as an initiative to bring more people into the youth room those nights,” said Furi. “The youth room could actually shut down if we don’t bring more people in, so I figured Dungeons and Dragons would be a good idea.”
While there is no set limit on the number of players in Dungeons and Dragons, Furi said a single game could start becoming crowded with more than 10 people.
He said he already has a number of people signed up to play the game.
“I have a bunch of people who have signed up to be in it and what they want to do with their characters,” said Furi. “I have that all set up.”
The game sees each player assigned with a specific character as the group embarks on imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting. The game also sees characters earn experience points over a number of game sessions.
While Furi has already acquired a dungeon master guide and players handbook, he said funds raised will be going towards buying a starter kit, expansion packs, as well as snacks for players.
The initiative has already seen some community support.
One supporter has said they may be able to get the expansion packs for half price, while the Town of Stratford has also offered to match the amount of money raised from the bottle drive, said Furi.
“People can feel free to drop off bottle anytime this week or next week at the youth room in the Cotton Centre,” he said.
Organizers also said another way to support the initiative would be to set up a bin at a workplace or school that could be donated to the ongoing youth-led initiatives in Stratford.
More information is available by emailing Stratford youth co-ordinator Christy Konschuh at firstname.lastname@example.org