Further Life Edmonton Recreation Day, elevate cash for sick kids and the stollery
Saturday is Game Day for players participating in Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network, including the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Extra Life Edmonton, which this year has around 700 people raising money for the Stollery.
“Doing anything to help them feels great,” said Luc Tremblay, who is on the Extra Life Edmonton team this year. “I probably can’t think of a better reason than helping sick and injured children, so it’s a breeze for me.”
This year, Extra Life Edmonton hopes to meet a fundraising goal of $ 75,000. The team has raised nearly $ 2 million over the past 10 years.
“We’re so close, so we ask everyone to keep pushing and fundraising,” said Lisa Hawthorne, president of the Edmonton Extra Life Guild.
Extra Life started in 2008, there were over 100,000 participants in 2014, and by 2020 players had raised over $ 87 million in total.
Hawthorne, who has been part of Extra Life Edmonton since its inception, has seen where the money raised is going and said it makes the experience even more rewarding.
“The surgical department has a new splash of light blue paint and a new tech-savvy way to contact parents and patients – it makes this process a little less daunting for families and children,” said Hawthorne.
“It’s incredibly heartwarming to see this effect and just the joy we can bring through gaming and fundraising at the same time, it’s kind of the best of both worlds.”
According to participants, the final hours, usually around 3 a.m. on Sunday, can be tough, so Hawthorne gave her fellow participants a few tips.
“Just take a (quick) walk, stretch … hydrate, that’s how we get through, just move.”
Extra Life Edmonton is streaming the 24-hour experience on their website, which can also be donated, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the Stollery.
170 hospitals in the US and Canada are part of the Children’s Miracle Network. As of 6:41 p.m. on Saturday, it had raised over $ 9 million so far in 2021.
With files from CTV News Edmonton’s Ryan Harding