Aug03

Please support me for Extra Life!

This Saturday, August 8th, I am hosting an Extra Life 2015 event. Extra Life is an annual gaming and charity event where gamers play for 24 hours in order to raise money for hospitalized children. No child deserves the loneliness of a hospital room and the least we can do is provide funding and games for them to be happier while battling diseases and injuries etc.

Some of you might remember I attempted to do this last year, but was discouraged by someone who said I am only going to annoy people if I nag them to donate. I ended up spending four weeks to play 24 hours worth of video games all by myself.

However this year I have the support of my Christian fellowship friends! We have everything set up as an official fundraising event on Facebook, which you would have been invited to if you are on my friends list! (I don’t have a problem with adding online friends so feel free to add me now if you wish.) I’m doing it early in the summer when people have more time, and we won’t be playing for 24 hours because I worry about people’s healths, haha. 24 hours straight is a bit contradictory.

Branding for my event featuring extra lives and the color yellow to represent hope for children.

The event is mostly NYU-based where fellow students and friends can stop by for a bit, put down $5 and play a number of video games and board games. Of course I realized not everybody can make the event (plus you guys live on the other side of the country if not world), which is why I started The Koopa Troop, consisting of three of my friends. The Koopa Troop will be playing for the entire event and would love to be sponsored for their efforts! Of course all the money will still go to charity. Each Koopa marketed for me by using these personalized promotional signs.

Promo signs for my event!

It would be wonderful if you fellow gamer girls can support us as well! If you wish to add me on Facebook, you can donate easily through Venmo. If you don’t have Facebook or Venmo, I also have Paypal. If you donate, I will be sure to write down your name and then send a personalized thank you note! My paypal email is liv.perspective@gmail.com.

I am so psyched about how big this event is going to be this year because it’s my dream to reach out to people about the three types of healing video games have on us. Gaming is not about rage and competition.

  1. Emotional Healing: Kids who play video games are usually the ones who have a tough time fitting in with the “popular” crowd. Video games allow them to break free from a reality they struggle with. When we get older more people will struggle with the truths of life, and video games teach us that the characters struggle with their tough lives as well, but work hard to make it and the world a better place.
  2. Physical Healing: Ever tried bashing that keyboard or gamepad? The right amount of bashing is a good repetitive exercise for victims of arm injury like myself. Quick reaction times also help us exercise our reflexes.
  3. Spiritual Healing: Some of those games that we consider very beautiful are actually very Christian games. Examples I can think of right now include The Legend of Zelda and Child of Light. I will write a separate post on this one!

It’s a lot of work organizing a big event from finding a location –> asking people for games –> creating the branding art –> taking the promotional photography –> the actual event. There’s still a couple of days left but I’m so excited that the amount of sleep I am getting doesn’t really bother me that much, HAHA.

Let me know if you guys are interested in supporting my amazing Koopa Troop! Feel free to tweet or email me, I will reply FAST, promise.

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5 Comments to "Please support me for Extra Life!"

Cat wrote on 7th August 2015 at 11:19 PM

I’m glad your friends are supporting you this year! And boooo on the person who discouraged you last year. This is for a good cause!

I think that’s a really cool idea that people can stop by and put down $5 to play games. I agree that video games can have a healing effect, both emotional and physical. I’ve heard of doctors who use the Wii for physical therapy and other rehabilitation.

I donated through PayPal because I’m too lazy to set up Venmo, haha. I hope this goes really well tomorrow!

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Tara wrote on 8th August 2015 at 1:57 AM

I think this is a fantastic way to contribute as a gamer! Whoever discouraged you last year is wrong. Yes, “nagging” will definitely be a turn off, but if you do blog posts like this and get it out the right way, then it will not be nagging or annoying or anything like that!

Good luck with it, Olivia! ^^

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Raisa wrote on 9th August 2015 at 6:53 AM

Waaahh I missed it! T.T I loved this idea too! If there’s any other way I can help even when it’s passed, let me know.

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Jenny wrote on 13th August 2015 at 2:22 PM

I love the cause and it’s great that you have the support of your friends this year! I hope it went well, and though I missed it, let me know if you’re still taking donations!

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Alice wrote on 20th August 2015 at 10:23 AM

this is a nice event, for the hospitalized kids and also for gamers. though this event doesn’t literally tells people to play games for 24 hours straight, it won’t surprise me at all if someone took this literally – i know i did, LOL. (once i went 2 days without sleeping just to game and the next day, i’m a literal zombie…just that i didn’t eat brains) 😛
anyway, i hope everything went smoothly and good luck! 🙂

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