April 1, 2012
-- The people of the internet can be an unparalleled force working for good, and nothing shows this more than a charity gaming marathon, an event where gamers play through a game or series of games and stream it online while collecting donations for charities that they support. Omnithon: Retro (www.omnithon.com)
aims to do this for Child's Play Charity.
Child's Play (www.childsplaycharity.org)
is a charity "dedicated to improving the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the kindness and generosity of the video game community and the power of play". Over almost a decade, it has raised over ten million dollars for those children, donations which Cameron D. Hosner, President & CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, says will "support seriously-ill children in hospitals by distracting them from their illnesses, and help them cope with fear, anxiety, and boredom”.
Over a period of almost two years, the Omnithon team has raised over five thousand dollars throughout four marathons including Halo: Endurance Evolved, Retrothon and the Fallout 3 Marathon, through both the game itself and through the power of audience interaction. The viewers of the marathon aren't just viewers, they are participants, and valued members of the team.
The event begins at www.omnithon.com on April 6th at 5:00 PM Pacific, and will stretch on for over two days. Be there to watch, chat, and donate to a great cause.
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Omnithon: Retro is a charity event where money will be raised for Child's Play Charity while a group of teenagers play through retro games like Super Mario Bros, the Legend of Zelda, and much, much more.