The P2 Terry Campese Foundation Charity Marathon Strikes Back

The P2 Terry Campese Foundation Charity Marathon Strikes Back

Get those wallets ready and prepare for some fun because the Player 2/Terry Campese Foundation Charity Marathon is once again on the horizon. 

After 4 consecutive charity marathons and over $20000 raised, the P2 Charity Marathon took a break for 2021 and 2022, but it is coming back with a vengeance on the 28th of January 2023. Once again the P2 team will be playing 24 hours of live-streamed games to raise money for the Terry Campese Foundation and it is our plan to make it bigger than ever. 

P2 Editor Matt Hewson and TCF founder Terry Campese presenting Kassandra Packwood from Queanbeyan Health with a Video game unit for the children's ward at Queanbeyan Hospital.
Getting friends and family in on the P2 Charity Marathon in 2018

Firstly, the why. If you are new to P2 or unsure of what The Terry Campese Foundation stands for this bit is for you. The TCF was started by ex-NRL/NSW/Australian Rugby League player Terry Campese to focus on the many issues he saw affecting his local community of Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Braidwood and their surrounds. These issues were big for the region yet not big enough to attract assistance from larger organisations or government bodies. Over the years since its inception in 2012, the TCF has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into community programs designed to help those that need it most. From a sleep bus that helps people with temporary accommodation if they find themselves homeless, to children’s entertainment for the local hospitals, no cause is too big or small to escape the Foundation’s encompassing view of lifting the community.

The foundation’s crowning achievement however is its youth mentoring program which involves taking teens from troubled and disadvantaged backgrounds through a training program that requires them to attend weekly sessions, regular hikes and school or TAFE with the culmination of this program a journey to PNG to complete the Kokoda Trail with their program mentors. This program has changed the lives of every teen that has taken part, with the vast majority of them going onto stable employment, apprenticeships or further study. This year the goal it to take 24 kids and their mentors to complete the trail and that is what the P2 Fundraising will be supporting. 

P2's Matt Hewson and Paul James with the Canberra Raiders and New Zealand player Jordan Rapana and Terry Campese for the 2018 marathon.

So on the 28th of Jan I will be sitting down at 9am to start another 24 hour gaming session that will bring the P2 team together and hopefully raise a nice amount of money to hand over to the foundation. The last marathon saw us raise almost $5500 so to top that would be fantastic. To help you hand over some of your hard-earned we will have a host of prizes (to be announced) to giveaway. As always every $5 donated will get you an entry into the major prize draw and there will be a host of hourly prizes given away during the event. Donations are live now and fully tax deductible. Just head over to the donation link. 

Make sure you stay tuned to Player 2 for more information coming soon, including prize lists, schedules, interviews with people involved with the TCF and more. It is going to be a big year folks and we want you all to be involved for the full journey.

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