The P2 Terry Campese Foundation Charity Gaming Marathon - The Aftermath
It’s over. Done. The P/TCF Charity Marathon has been run and won. As is tradition with these events, I would like to take the time to look back at the event, the lead-up and just exactly what we achieved by putting ourselves through 24 hours of video games along with countless hours of organising and prep work. Now that I have finally caught up on sleep that is.
So where does this money go to? Well, I am glad you asked. The Terry Campese Foundation is putting this money towards breaking-the-cycle programmes for vulnerable and underprivileged children. This program will see a group of 40 teens and mentors complete a six-month training program which includes both physical training and life-support sessions, culminating in a trip to Papua New Guinea to complete the Kokoda trail. This program aims to change the life trajectories of these kids and help them to see that there is a bright future available to them. In the past, this program has led to roughly 90% of the teens who completed it going on to full-time employment, apprenticeships or further study. So know that any donations you have made are going to continue this good work and give these teens a chance at the life that everyone deserves.
To finish off, I have some heartfelt thanks to give out. Firstly, I would like to thank my offsiders Paul and Shaun for making the trek to Queanbeyan to help out. Their enthusiasm for the event and ability to be on the ground and help out was a huge part of why the event was so successful. I would also like to thank all of my family and friends that helped out by turning up and joining in. The Watlings, The Stonhams, Darron and of course Terry and Jeremy. Thanks for making the night such a fun night, it would have been much harder to make it through without your presence. Finally, I would like to thank my wife Amy. Not only did she make sure everyone was fed and watered for the evening, but she assisted with planning, supported all the setup and allowed me to tear our house up for a couple of weeks while we got everything up and running. In short, she did everything she could to ensure the event’s success and I can’t thank her enough.
Speaking of prizes, the major winners were all drawn and I am in the process of contacting them to organise their prizes. Once that has occurred I will be moving onto the minor prizes so if you didn’t get one of the majors, don’t fret, you may still be in with a chance. Keep an eye on the email address you used to donate with over the next week or so to see if you are a winner.
As for the future of the P2 Charity Marathon. Well, I know I have said this before, but this may very well be the last one. I think going out on top is a great way to finish up and if I am honest, this old grey journo just isn’t up to these long sessions anymore. It just takes too long to recover. But fret not, I assure you that the team here at Player2 will come up with a new way to raise money for the foundation, this isn’t the end of our charitable efforts at all. It is something we strongly believe in and, if this marathon is any indication, it seems that our dear readers care about it too.