Extra Life Proves Gaming Can Be Extremely Beneficial

Oftentimes in the media, video gamers are presented in somewhat of a negative light. Spotty, pimple faced teens, living in their parents basement, shielding themselves from sunlight 24 hours a day. But the reality is very different, and “Extra Life” is one event that goes some way to proving that.

Extra Life is a 24 hour gaming marathon, where gamers around the world unite to do what they love best, with the absolute goal to raise as much money for sick children as possible. The event dates back to 2008, where one group of gamers was touched by the plight of a sick little girl. Tori’s battle against acute lymphoblastic leukemia inspired the Sarcastic Gamer community in a way that is difficult to describe. Members sent in video games and bought gifts to keep Tori’s spirits up despite numerous hospital stays and three bouts with the deadly disease.

Tragically, Tori was lost to cancer in January 2008, but the generosity of Sarcastic Gamer kept the spirit going. In 2008 and 2009 Extra Life raised a combined $302,000, 100 percent of which went directly to help kids like Tori at the Texas Children’s Hospital.

Since then, the event has gone from strength to strength, and I’m proud to say that I’m taking part this year. Myself and Dean Gouldsbury are raising much needed funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. We’re happy to report that as of writing, we’ve raised almost 900 euro, which absolutely blows our wildest hopes and expectations right out of the water. But there’s always more to be done, and every euro makes a difference.

Donating is easy, simply click here and fill out the online form. Even if you can’t donate, pop along  today from 8am and help us out, chat with us, play with us, watch us and support us. Every minute of the 24 hours will be streamed on http://www.michaelormonde.com/2012/10/18/extra-life-2012-stream/, and we’d encourage everyone to check it out and get involved. I believe this is a very worthwhile cause, and it makes me proud to help in whatever small way I’m able to.

Michael Ormonde

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