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Over 100 women learn about building a dream

Over 100 women gathered at Crown Isle Resort recently to learn more about Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build.

Guests learned about Habitat for Humanity’s project on Piercy Avenue, which will feature six homes for families in the community. They also learned about the various ways they can take part in the construction and the need to fundraise $100,000 to build the homes.

The event was a chance for the women of the North Island to come together and learn about Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Program — the very first of its kind in B.C.

Guest speakers who have been touched firsthand by Habitat’s mission — including one who received a Habitat home and one who will receive one — described the permanent change these homes make in the lives of families.

Only one man attended the women-only event. Habitat build coordinator Peter Sanderson crashed the party to give the women a vision of a build site and an idea of what they can expect when they show up to build a Habitat Home. However, he wore a pink hard hat and blonde wig, making him an honourary woman for the evening.

For more information on Women Build in the Comox Valley and upcoming events, Women Build 2012 for the Comox Valley on Facebook, or e-mail womenbuildvin@gmail.com. To volunteer visit www.habitatnorthisland.com and select ‘Women Build’ under Interests to start your volunteer application.

“Together we are going to build a dream and change the life of a family right here in our community — and we can’t wait to get started,” said Kate Stoughton, Women Build marketing coordinator.

— Habitat for Humanity

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