On Friday, June 15 at 6PM CDT (GMT -5) TheSpeedGamers, a group of gamers from Arlington, Texas, will begin their annual week long gaming marathon for charity. The group has raised over $309,000 for various charities and causes since it was formed in 2008 including; Japan Relief, Gulf Restoration, Susan G. Komen, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. These charities directly help support those in need and help fund research towards cures for various debilitating diseases.
The marathon will cover one of Nintendo’s popular series, Pokémon.
This marathon TheSpeedGamers will be raising money for ACT Today! (www.act-today.org) whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism. 100% of donations will go directly to ACT Today!. Most major payment types are accepted and can be sent via TheSpeedGamers’ homepage.
TheSpeedGamers’ Pokémon Marathon is a seven-day charity drive that is broadcasted live online. The marathon will last 168 hours and the goal is to try and capture all 649 Pokémon before the marathon ends. The group encourages donations through great gameplay, commentary, contests, and prize incentives. TheSpeedGamers have featured many huge Internet personalities in the past such as YouTube’s famous Let’s Player, ChuggaaConroy, and ProtonJon. During the event, viewers can chat directly with the team via IRC chat, or social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
Watch the event live on the web at http://www.thespeedgamers.com beginning June 15th at 6 PM CDT.