Hello. I'm taking a moment to step away from hockey cards to promote a charity event my nephew is taking part in.
Earlier this spring, we were visiting the Horror Convention that came through town. Cool costumes, fantastic artwork, special guest signers and an all-around fun atmosphere.
While we were waiting for the doors to open, my nephew noticed a table with a video game station set up. Being big into video games...he was naturally intrigued.
What we both learned was that the table was there to raise awareness for an organization called Extra Life. Extra Life is an organization which raises money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals around the world...by playing video games.
Not everyone is a runner, not everyone is math guy, not everyone plays music. Some.....are drawn to gaming.
Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $8 million through donations by people like you and me. All triggered by the efforts of video gamers.
So how do they raise funds?
On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Extra Life will be the portal to a massive video game marathon. An annual event that my nephew Kyle Pelletier has decided to participate in. The goal is simple....play video games for 24 hours straight. OK, maybe it's not so simple for a kid in Grade 8. But the idea and spirit of Extra Life is that everyone pull together at the same time to raise awareness as well as funds. He will be playing on team YYC (Calgary) and raise money for the Alberta Children's Hospital.
My nephew has committed to play 24 hours of video games for this event. He will do 2 hours a night Monday-Friday leading up to the big day, and then chug through a monstrous 14 hour marathon on Oct. 25th. His goal is to raise $500. I hope he crushes that goal into oblivion.
That where my shout out to you comes in.
If you would like to donate towards my nephew's efforts, you can do so by going to his donation page on Extra Life. It's super simple and your donation is tax deductible. Bonus! All proceeds go to help kids in these hospitals. Double bonus!!
Any amount you can give is very much appreciated.
Getting the word out is equally as helpful.
Lastly, I have started a blog for my nephew and I to share this quest with those who are interested. We plan on keeping you informed on his progress and to also share in the fun that this video game marathon should be. You can keep tabs at kyle4orkids.blogspot.ca
THANK YOU very much for taking the time to read this post and consider this cause.