Playing games for Charity.
This weekend I am running a sponsored 24 hour gaming marathon. This is in aid of Project 3580. This is a charity which members of my daughter (Helen)’s school are supporting this year. You may be aware that the country of Sierra Leone was affected by a terrible civil war and that there are still many displaced people still living in poor circumstances. Malaria is rampant and thousands die annually. Project 3580 is working to improve the lives of members of the community of the Kissi Town Refugee camp on the outskirts of Waterloo in Sierra Leone.
4 members of the 6th form of Lichfield Cathedral School are in fact flying out to Sierra Leone this Easter. These include my daughter Helen who is 17 now. They will spend 2 weeks helping to build facilities there. In advance they are raising funds to give to the charity. Now just to make it clear that this fund raising is not to pay for the students costs. The students have themselves separately funded that – in Helen’s case by a kind donation by my parents and grandmother. So this current fundraising is purely for Project 3850.
When Helen told me that she was raising funds for the charity I thought about what I could do to help. What skills and talents and knowledge do I have? Well I have been a junior doctor who has in the past stayed awake for 48 hours and more and I know games and run gaming groups and even the odd convention (when I am also awake for long stints). So I said – why don’t I run you a 24 hour gaming Marathon. Let get together a dozen or so folk and we will commit to playing board games, card games, quizes etc for 4 hours. We make it fun – with some prizes I will provide. Jane and I will provide the food and drinks (lots of Red Bull) but you and your pals get sponsorship. All proceeds go to Project 3850.
So this Saturday 1st February at Noon at Lichfield Cathedral School we are holding this 24 hour gaming Marathon. The 10 young kids (all around 17 and 18) are all about to be introduced to some of the best board games (Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Bohnanza, Munchkin, Formula De, 7 Wonders, Dominion, Cash and Guns and more), some fun quiz games and a few rounds of Werewolf, Apples to Apples and other party games. The rules are they all have to be sponsored, they all have to stay awake for the 24 hours and that games must be being played continually (allowing for brief down times for pizza, bacon rolls and toilet runs). Jane and I will be running this with some supervision from teachers. I will post on facebook or here some updates over the 24 hours. We will also be running a grand tournament with scores from each game going towards the total. I will provide some prizes for that.
Should you wish to sponsor the Children and donate to Project 3580 use the button below.
All moneys taken via this paypal link will go to Project 3850. The link uses my own Mercia Books paypal account but all proceedings will be logged and passed on.
We will publish details of what the marathon raised after the weekend.