Gamers switch on for children’s charity

GAME ON: Bathurst gamer Lucas Graves, along with his fellow gamers, raised money for a children’s charity after a seven-day gaming marathon last week. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 020916cgamer1

GAME ON: Bathurst gamer Lucas Graves, along with his fellow gamers, raised money for a children’s charity after a seven-day gaming marathon last week. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 020916cgamer1

A GROUP of Bathurst residents pushed themselves to the brink of physical and mental exhaustion recently, all in the name of charity.

Lucas Graves, along with nine other people from Game4Charity, participated in a gaming marathon over the course of seven days and streamed it live around the world.

People were encouraged to donate money when they watched them play, all of which went to the charity Child’s Play.

“Child’s Play is a charity that helps give something – video games, board games – to children in hospital,” Mr Graves explained. “It tries to five them a bit of light in their lives.” 

The group set up at one the member’s homes and played a range of games, including Darkest Dungeon and Star Wars, for hours on end, only stopping to meet their work and family commitments. 

“Everyone had a six-hour shift every day or so,” Mr Graves said. “If anyone had any extra free time they could do more.” 

By the end of the week, the group had accumulated 167 hours of gaming, and in the process raised $710.

Mr Graves said the group members only raised $400 during their efforts last year, so were pleased with their efforts this time around.

Mr Graves said the important thing was that everyone was having a good time while also raising money to bring a little joy to children with serious health issues.

Donations for Child’s Play can still be by visiting www.game4charity.org/.

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