The 24hr Ruff Gaming GOSH Charity Event
A lot of you may have heard of the yearly charity gaming event set up by Sarcastic Gamer called Extra Life. Extra Life is an annual 24-hour video game marathon that raises money to help kids at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. So basically you get sponsored to game for 24 hours and the more you play the more you can raise for a very good cause.
Our very own community member Prince has taken part in the Extra Life event last year and he has decided to do it again this year but with a slight change. Extra Life allows you to donate the money you raise to a group of children's hospitals that they have listed. The twist for us is that Prince would like his money raised to go to the London Children's Hospital Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) which isn't listed in the Extra Life hospital list and I would like us here at Ruff Gaming to help him raise as much money as possible.
Prince has written a few words below why he would like his money to go to GOSH -
"My first 24hrs of consecutive gaming was last year through extra life. This year I am even more motivated to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)
My connection to (GOSH) started with the birth of my twin boys Ashan & Nihal. Nihal was born with a rare defect called bladder extrophy. This condition effects the bladder and kidneys and meant we were rushed from north Devon to London on the day of his birth and we were there for just over two weeks. He had major surgery to correct his bladder and reset his pelvis at just three days old and had an epidural in his spine to help with the pain.
This whole experience could have been a real nightmare but GOSH were amazing at calming us down whilst giving us great support and amazing care for not just our son but the hole family. Nihal is doing great but will need 3-4 more major operations as he grows into a boy and young man.
I an really looking forward to raising money for this amazing hospital and welcome anyone who wants to join in the fun and raise money at the same time."
So I think you would agree GOSH is certainly a worthy cause for our 24hr hour gaming marathon here at Ruff Gaming.
The basic idea is you play for 24 hours straight and you get sponsored to play and the money raised goes into our pot that we then send to GOSH. Now I know a lot of people won't be able to commit a full 24 hours to this but Prince and I will be doing the full 24 hours and anybody else is welcome to join us. I am looking for ideas on other ways to get people involved in raising money. We might do 6 hour slots to be sponsored or £1 an hour so the more hours you play the more you raise - but these are just ideas at the moment and I am looking to the community to help out with getting some ideas of how to best to get this to work.
The only thing that we are sure of at the moment is the date this will take place and it will be on Oct 15th 2011. The start and finish time is still to be chosen.
The only other idea that I have had at the moment is that along side Prince & me (and anybody else that is in for the full 24 hr's) that we try and keep RuffiansFC playing for the full 24 hours - this way people will only have to game for as long as they want but can but can still raise some money but again this is just an idea at the moment.
We are looking to do all our gaming on Xbox Live so we can keep each other going in parties and hopefully play lots of different online multi-player games.
So if your interested in taking part whether small or big and/or if you have any ideas to throw into the pot then head over to our forum - Click Here.
So come on guys lets raise loads of money for Great Ormond Street Hospital!