This upcoming weekend is stocked with charity events, all benefitting great causes! Here is your at-a-glance guide to what you can expect this weekend, and into next week.
1) Final Fight! for Habitat for Humanity
Final Fight, a monthly 24 hour marathon that supports a different cause each month will resume Friday, June 20th at 8am EST for Habitat for Humanity, an organization that “mobilizes volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.” (as taken from www.habitat.ca). This month’s marathon will be viewer’s choice, so feel free to check in and request your favourite games!
2) Mario Marathon 7!
Mario Marathon will be again dodging pirahna plants, besting Bowser and collecting every extra life and power up for Child’s Play, starting June 20th at 11am EST. As their name would suggest, the group at Mario Marathon will be playing ONLY Mario games for the duration of their marathon; every donation adds to the list of goals they aim to acheive during the marathon; tricky feats in games or off-beat methods of completing levels. Mario Marathon, while not directly affiliated with Child’s Play has been recognized as a Platinum level sponsor, having donated over $418,708 since 2008.
This is an event not to be missed.
3) Marathon Gamers’ Summer Marathon of Friendship, benefitting St. Jude’s!
Marathon Gamers is another great gaming initiative. Located in Huntsville, Alabama, Marathon Gamers convene a few times a year to pull together fun, entertaining marathons for fantastic causes. This event, specifically, is raising funds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. They have chosen to theme this event around friendship; every game they play will be cooperative OR competitive multiplayer games, challenging the very meaning of friendship throughout the course of their 48 hour marathon. You can join in on the fun starting at 2PM CDT (3PM EST) on Friday, June 20th.
4) Summer Games Done Quick! in support of Doctors Without Borders
Anyone who has ever shown an interest in marathon gaming or speed runs knows Games Done Quick!, a biannual initiative that brings some of the best speed runners around together to attempt to bust speed run records and raise money for fantastic causes. Their Summer edition begins June 22nd at 2PM CDT (3PM EST) and will run until June 28th. This edition supports Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), an organization that provided medical aid in emergencies across the globe.
We’ll bring more in-depth information about each event in the following days, so stay tuned to Gamers Giving Back for more.