Local, national charities benefit from the player initiative
Those who feel that gamers never participate in the community, stand back! With events like the ExtraLife and 'Double-Up' charity event, RIFT's players have been shattering records and expectations.
During last month's coverage, we were able to sit down with event founder and Gaiscioch Family Leader Ben "Fogladha" Foley about the 'Double-Up' charity drive run by the Gaiscioch, a social gaming community.
The drive encouraged gamers and non-gamers alike to purchase stuffed animals through the guild's registry page. Animals were then shipped to Foley where they were in turn shipped to various Portland area charities.
During our interview, Foley shared the community's initiative to begin the drive:
"After seeing the huge success of the ExtraLife event, where the Gaiscioch placed 11th globally raising $8,600, I wanted to see what our community could do in their own event as well. So I said to my officers, 'Let's try to do something.'
The event ended on March 31st and raised 405 stuffed animals. The proceeds from the purchases benefited the Khol's Cares Program. In addition, the animals were received by Raphael House,Insights,Bear and Buddy Program and Candlelighters for Children With Cancer.
This is not the end of the Gaiscioch's philanthropic ventures, however. According to a statement released by Foley, there will be another charity drive to coordinate with this year's ExtraLife charity event in October where they have set a $10,000 goal.