I can’t believe it’s already October- heck I’m still having a hard time remember that it’s 2013. I hope that in your first month of school you have been able to get involved with some of the school’s clubs or events. I for one was in attendance at the Installation of Concordia’s First Chancellor, the Honourable Alan Wackawhich. I then took part in a focus group about post-secondary education in Alberta, something that was a real eye-opener in terms of other people’s thoughts on education in Alberta. I flirted with the International Day events, but didn’t have time to fully get into the International groove.
Now after showcasing all the amazingly fun things that happened in the first few weeks here at Concordia, while missing some because I already have almost no time left in my schedule, I would like to talk about another endeavour that I’ve been working on for the last few months, Do A Barrel Roll 4 Kids. Yes, I’m using my article space to promote something that I’m involved in and I hope you’ll read on to find out what it’s all about. Last year, Concordia Alumni Tony Wong and I started to get involved with a charity campaign called Extra Life, which raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We started our own team/campaign through them called Do A Barrel Roll 4 Kids to raise money for Edmonton’s own Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation by playing video games. But wait! There’s more! Not only will we be playing video games, we’ll be playing bad video games (The Worst Modern Video Games as we put it) and we’ll be playing them for 24 hours straight. We’ll also be live broadcasting online for the entire world to see and listen in on the hilarity that will certainly ensue. We are essentially putting on a show for people and you get to pay whatever you want to watch and enjoy (think Street Performers Festival but with video games). We’re toying around with some other ideas, but as they are not certain yet I don’t want to tease you guys with things that might not happen.
Which leads me to how to keep up to date with our fundraiser and how to get more info and even donate to the fund. Everything can be found at www.barrelroll4kids.org, from games we’ll be playing to the names of the people involved as well as information on The Stollery. You can also contact us through the website if you have any questions that we haven’t addressed yet on the site. Donating is easy to do, just hit the button on the site that says, “Donate”- yup, that easy. Now I know that students don’t have a lot of money and we completely understand that. What we ask of those that can’t donate, but want to help, is to spread the word. Every dollar counts and any help we get is greatly appreciated.
But why is this so important to me? The Stollery is something that I wish existed when I was a child. I remember when I was young spending a ton of time in the hospital being sick and let me tell you it’s not a fun experience. I spent a lot of time watching sickly yellow paint dry even more than it already had and would have killed for a place like The Stollery. The funny part is most everyone I talk to about this charity has a story about The Stollery, whether it’s about them, their own child, a sibling, friend, friend’s friends, and so forth and so on. This place touches people’s lives, lots of people and I want to do what I can to help them. So my friends and I are doing what we do best, playing games and being funny, seeing as how the punishment for sleep is getting drawn on, I’ll do my best to stay awake.
So thank you Concordia for hearing me out and feel free to hit up The Bolt’s website and share your stories about The Stollery or some such place like it, because most of the stories I’ve been hearing have warmed my heart. One more time so it’s easy to find: www.barrelroll4kids.org! #Cash4Kids2013!