Last year it was my pleasure to take part in Sarcastic Gamer’s Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon charity effort. Extra Life calls on gamers to dedicate a straight 24 hours to gaming, to raise money for children’s cancer hospitals all over the world. This year Drop Bear Gaming will have a team taking part and we would love for you to join us and help raise money for a local hospital.
Extra Life is a great charity effort which provides us with the opportunity to put our geeky gaming obsessions to good use. Think about the World Vision 40-hour famine, except instead of not eating we play video games (yay!), and it’s only for 24 hours instead of 40 (unless you are really keen). Participants can play any games they want from tabletop to console, PC to mobile phones, even Facebook gaming (although that’s a hell of a lot of farming and frontiering). The best part of it is that all 100% of the money raised by each participant goes DIRECTLY to their specified hospital, and here at Drop Bear Gaming all donations made to us will go to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. Last year over US$465,000 was raised worldwide towards children’s hospitals, with over six grand of that being from Australia, but this year I would love to see us blow that figure out of the water.
Unfortunately this year the date of the event falls on the same weekend as the EB Games Expo (Saturday 15th October), but luckily the rules of Extra Life allow for people to do the 24 hours the following weekend if they need to. That of course means that Lucas and I will be playing games for 24 hours straight on the 22nd of October, and we would love for you all to either support our effort with a sponsorship, or even better sign up yourself and join our team!
We are extremely passionate about this cause and would love to see you all get on board and raise some money for sick kids, so sign up and join our team, then go and spread the word to your family and friends.
Play games, heal kids.