Horizon Project hoping to benefit Avon Region residents

Laura Hines
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Gaming tournament set for this coming weekend

The Horizon Project, a new, not-for-profit organization, has its sights set on attracting and implementing innovative new business concepts in Hantsport, Avonport and Windsor.

Its mission is to help “address some of the social and underlying issues around activities for children and families in rural Nova Scotia.”

The organizers feel the project will foster community spirit and development through fun activities and incentives.

The chief executive officer for the Horizon Project, Chris Hartley, currently operates two care homes in Hantsport with his mother. He also works for the not-for-profit organization, the Valley Alzheimer's Care and Respite Society. He sees the Horizon Project as a way to promote local development while working with not-for-profit organizations and community groups.

The project launched last October. Hartley decided it was time to move forward and he began planning a gaming tournament to give area youths something to do. Inspiration for the tournament began when Hartley walked by a pizzeria and saw kids were just sitting on the steps doing nothing.

The first gaming tournament is scheduled for this month in Hantsport.

Hartley said the community gaming tournaments will be competitive, and prizes will be awarded.

He noted that the tournament is a way for individuals with a passion for video games to interact in a social meeting.

“If the tournament goes well, I'd like to do it on weekends for the kids to have something to do.”

Hartley said the tournaments could be held all year round, instead of seasonal.

He hopes the tournaments will provide a little history lesson on the various gaming consoles used over the years, as well as information about the games, to help enrich the overall gaming experience. Hartley said it’s a way to give the tournament more dimension.

"I believe in our community groups and listen to the demands of what the people want. We can make this happen, with a small idea that complements the desires of the people and organizations that support the fundamental ideas of the Horizon Project," Hartley said in an e-mail.

The first event will take place at the Hantsport Fire Hall on May 17, at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $50 there after. Tickets are available online at www.TheHorizonProject.net.

The money raised will be put back into setting up something else for the community.

Game retailers have also been invited to the tournament to display goods for sale.


Organizations: The Horizon, Care and Respite Society

Geographic location: Hantsport, Avon Region, Avonport Windsor Nova Scotia

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