For the first time in your entire internet life, you are about to be asked to donate based loosely on a stunt someone is doing!
I don’t mean to mock the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at all; it’s been really successful at raising money for a truly scary disease that needs attention. But now I’m doing something similar to raise money, and I really hope you’ll contribute!
Here’s my fundraising page!
This is the same thing I’ve done for the past two years. It’s called Extra-Life; I’m part of a team of fundraisers that are raising money for my local children’s hospital, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St Paul. Our team is committed to playing video games (or any kind of games, really; I’ll be playing PC and console games mostly) for 24 solid hours. No breaks, except to go get food or go to the can or switch games.
Our team hopes to raise at least $10,000. We’ll be filling up three large rooms at The Nerdery, the software company where I work, with intense gaming nerds starting at 8:00am on Saturday, October 25th, and playing straight through until Sunday morning at 8:00am.
Here, again, is my fundraising page!
My local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital is called Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. It’s in Frogtown, at University Avenue and Rice Street, right by the State Capitol. They treat thousands of kids every year even if the families can’t pay. They rely on donations like yours to make sure that they can pay for doctors and facilities to deal with the medical needs that can happen to any kid.
Should I donate money to this thing?
—Yes, you should! Go here and do it easily online-style!
I like and/or appreciate kids. What would be an appropriate course of action regarding this admirable quality of my personality?
—Based on that, I’d say you should donate to my fundraising page!
I don’t understand what the whole game-playing business has to do with raising money for a children’s hospital. I’m thinking about letting that affect my decision to maybe donate or maybe not. What should I do?
—Don’t take it out on the kids! Donate anyway!
I, um, well, I’m not really sure how to say this, but I don’t really like you. I’m not even sure how your blog post landed on my radar. You seem weird and unattractive.
—You’re right; I can be kind of a tool! Still, donate money to sick children!
How much should I donate?
—I’m playing games for 24 hours, so a great response to that would be to donate a dollar for each hour I’m playing! Or more, if you want! But even if you just want to donate a few bucks, that’s better than nothing. We’ll need lots of little donations to get to our goal of $10k.
Are there any interesting incentives to this? Incentives that might benefit me personally?
—Actually, our team has received the sponsorship of several game companies, and we will be giving away prizes to donors during this event! Companies like Valve and Unity have given us free games to give away, plus other goodies. We even have some of those Steam keys that makes every Steam game available. That’s hella-valuable! We’re planning on doing it silent-auction-style, so watch my blog for more details on getting in on that.
What’s with your beard?
—You should donate to my fundraising page!