Gaming + Altruism = A Win for Sick Kids

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Soooo I’ll be trying my hand at something new in the upcoming months. I’ve never tried fundraising or stumping for donations for a cause, that’s always been left to people who are cheerful or optimistic or don’t want the world to burn.  I’ve finally found a cause I can get behind, however, and I’m going for it.

Extra Life uses the social connections forged by gaming of all types (video games, tabletop/RPG games and collectible card games) to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.  The drive culminates in a 24 hour game-a-thon on November 7th 2015.  Extra Life gamers can choose to gather in groups at local businesses that are kind enough to donate facilities (like The Quarters and Modern Myths), or they may participate on their own.  I haven’t yet decided if I will be gaming as part of a group or streaming my participation from my home PC on my Twitch page.  Being involved with a group sounds appealing as does streaming my session for any donors or curiosity seekers to watch.  I’ll probably decide on that closer to November 7th.

The hard part for me is asking people for money.  Luckily, Extra Life makes it pretty damn easy.  You can visit my donor page and click the Support Me button.  You can choose a donation level or enter a custom donation.  Extra Life accepts donations via Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover or PayPal.  I’ll be posting regular reminders on all of my social media outlets, so don’t worry about forgetting…I won’t let you.  Since this is my first year gaming for Extra Life, I have set a modest goal of $200 in donations.  I’m hoping that through the generosity of my friends, family and fellow geeks that I can meet or exceed my goal.

Thanks for reading my spiel about Extra Life.  I hope I can count on your support as I try to meet my goal!

 

~ by schlippo on July 20, 2015.

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