Speed Gamers Retro Pokéthon for Charity
The Speed Gamers, a group of video game enthusiasts who play for marathon hours to raise money for charities, will be beginning their next Pokémon marathon this Thursday December 17th at 6pm CST. The Speed Gamers will be attempting to catch the first two generations of Pokemon on their original Game Boy cartridges in under 72 hours, while raising money for the four Rocking H Ranch supported charities.
These charities include
- “Backpack for Kids”, which provide backpacks of food to kids that would not have food over the weekend during the school year
- “Tara Sawyer Foundation”, which helps support organizations for abused neglected or abandoned children and drill wells for safe drinking water in impoverished regions
- “Trent’s Retreat Nonprofit Foundation”, who provide, at no charge, a retreat for families who have a child with pediatric cancer. The purpose of the retreat is to provide a safe, relaxing atmosphere, in a country setting, that is peaceful for parents coping with a child’s life threatening illness; yet fun and entertaining for the children. Trent’s Retreat aims to be an oasis for these families that will allow them to relax and enjoy family time amid the stress of battling pediatric cancer.
- “Paws for Reflection”, who provide a healing, educational, motivational, and recreational environment utilizing equine and other animal assisted therapies and experiences to enhance the quality of life for all clients, and to provide a loving home, whether temporary or permanent, for animals that meet a specific criteria.
During the marathon, viewers will be able to donate to nickname Pokémon on a first come, first served basis. The list of available Pokémon will be continuously updated on their blog, and their Twitter account @TheSpeedGamers will also tweet when Pokémon are claimed.
The Speed Gamers have promised tons of surprises during the stream, including secret games, prizes, and stunts, and intend to add even more as they receive more donations. Nob Ogasawara, translator of the first four generations of Pokémon games, has been announced as a special guest during the stream.