22 May 2019

Rolling the dice for Braidwood Hospital, Monopoly fundraiser a hit

| Alex Rea
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Vladimir Bohdan spruiking Monopoly sales in Braidwood. Photos: Alex Rea.

Real estate in Braidwood is white-hot at the moment, across the board – the games board that is! A limited edition Braidwood Monopoly has been produced as a fundraiser for the Braidwood Hospital and has proven to be a smash hit, raising much-needed funds for the health facility.

Braidwood Monopoly was the inspiration of local Community Bank Manager Nick Fry and the Vladimir Bohdan from the Braidwood Hospital Auxiliary.

Mr Bohdan ran the idea past the Braidwood Connect business forum to see if there was any appetite for the concept. Encouraged by the response Mr Bohdan then collected ‘promissory notes’ from businesses to get the funding to produce the game.

When the time came, everyone paid up. While businesses paid to name a property on the board, the local Community Bank sponsored the Monopoly money.

Mr Bohdan said “the average life of a Monopoly Game is 50 years. That’s very good long term advertising.”

“In generations to come the kids will be able to say – look my Pop had a shop on the main street then,” he added.

Braidwood Monopoly designed with Braidwood landmarks.

Five hundred board games have been produced, with the number one game bought at auction by local jeweller Diana Thompson for $550. The regular retail price for the games is $59 each, and many had been reserved sight unseen.

The businesses involved and the final look of the game was top secret until revealed at the launch earlier this month.

Mayfair, Park Lane, and Old Kent Road were replaced by local businesses names, much to the delight of all involved.

More than $27,000 has been raised so far for the hospital. The fundraiser was organised through Winning Moves in Sydney, who are licensed to produce Hasbro Games in Australia.

Monopoly man with Diana Thompson, the Bendigo Piggy and Marilyn Carle from the Hospital Auxiliary.

Original Article published by Alex Rea on About Regional.

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