THUNDER BAY – The future of Habitat for Humanity home builds for the upcoming construction season, depends on the success of an event being held in Thunder Bay this spring. The not-for-profit organization is hosting its 2nd annual Restore It: Up Cycle Challenge, that tasks participants to create an exceptional piece of furniture using items found at the Restore.
Everyone, from designers and artists to businesses and contractors to avid DIYers, can participate in the challenge but must register by May 6th, 2016. Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay Fund Development Coordinator, Amber Prairie, explains that the organization is hoping to break ground on a new home but is requiring an extra funding boost to get started. “All proceeds from the Up-Cycle Challenge will go toward building a handicap accessible home for the Hrycyshyn family. Habitat for Humanity is seeking participants for this fun and exclusive challenge so construction can begin on Habitat’s 28th home build in the community.”
The ReStore It Up-Cycle Challenge is an opportunity to use imagination on a meaningful project and showcase the city’s talent. Participants will have one week from May 7th to May 14th to shop, and four weeks to build their masterpiece. “Last year the event raised more than $10,000. There is a real surge of interest in furniture restoration;” continues Prairie. “Participants are creating one-of-a-kind furniture that you won’t find at a house next door and they really add flair and warmth to any room. Many are even reflecting on these pieces as art.”
Completed projects will be displayed at Reid’s Countrywide Home Furnishings and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore from June 13th to June 27th, where shoppers can purchase the unique pieces. Prizes will be awarded for Most Transformed and Most Creative, as chosen by the judges. The People’s Choice prize will be awarded to the piece that has the most likes on Facebook.
All participants will receive a 50% discount on their items. Participants must use 90% of materials from the ReStore. Paint, Fabric, and embellishment can be purchased elsewhere. People can participate as individuals or as teams with a maximum of four people. To register and for further details, please visit Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hfhtbay) or call (807) 345-5520 Ext 388.