Gamers Unite to Raise Nearly $50,000 for Your Children’s Hospital
WINNIPEG, MB (December 20, 2018) —Local gamers from all categories — console, mobile, PC, table top, etc. — united for one cause on Saturday, November 3rd: to save and improve the lives of kids treated at the Children’s Hospital – HSC Winnipeg. This year, members of the Extra Life Winnipeg Guild, along with many more local gamers raised a total of over $47,000 for the Children’s Hospital at the end of Game Day. That number is now almost $50,000 and continues to grow as we approach the end of the year.
“Our focus this year was to be more active in the community and meet with gamers at local events as well as increasing our own online presence,” states Scott Sturby, Extra Life Winnipeg Guild Representative. “It is refreshing to see that so many gamers have risen up to the challenge and raised nearly $50,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. We hope to continue with this momentum into 2019 and beyond as we continue to play #ForTheKids.”
Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) fundraising program, provides game-loving locals a fun way to support the Children’s Hospital – HSC Winnipeg, the local CMN Hospital.
Participants sign up for the 24-hour gaming marathon and invite friends, family and fans to make a donation to the Children’s Hospital. The official Game Day was Nov. 3, but participants may complete their 24 hours of play whenever and however they like: all in one day, one hour a day for 24 days, etc. Players may also participate solo or on teams.
“The dedication from our Extra Life Guild and so many more gamers in Manitoba always amazes us. They are out there at conventions, events, and online, spreading the word on the great work that is done at the Children’s Hospital every day,” says Gary Rozak, Major Gifts, Corporate & CMN Program Director, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. “We can’t do what we do without constant support from the community, and we are so grateful for our Extra Lifers who have turned their passion for gaming into helping sick and injured kids.”
The virtual marathon event raised more than $2.3 million during Game Day — contributing to the year’s total of more than $10 million. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for member hospitals. The secure donations fund the selected hospital’s greatest needs, often including pediatric medical equipment, research, therapy programs and charitable care.
Interested participants can register at Extra-Life.org, set a fundraising goal and collect donations throughout the year for kids in need. Learn more about how donations are saving kids’ lives at CMNHospitals.org.
About The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba
Established in 1971, the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba works to support the special health care needs of children through reliable and consistent funding of equipment and programs at the Children’s Hospital and pediatric medical research at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised over $110 million. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.goodbear.ca.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals .
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The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba