Columbus Bonus Life Guild members present with a Client Champ from Nationwide Kid’s Hospital at the 2018 GDEX event, Oct. 11, 2018 Credit: Courtesy of Austin Cappel

The Buckeye Video Gaming Collective is doing what it does best by utilizing the power of computer game to fundraise for Nationwide Kid’s Hospital in the fight to end pediatric cancer.

BGC is working alongside BuckeyeThon and Bonus Life, a national fundraising event supporting local Kid’s Wonder Network Hospitals, according to its website. The “Virtual Day of Play” is a 12-hour video gaming marathon that will be streamed on the BGC’s official Twitch channel.

The stream will happen Saturday and include several sponsored competitions for the event and online playtime with a few of the kids supported by BuckeyeThon, Kenneth Kresina, a third-year in new media and communication technology and the president of BGC, said.

” I believe we have actually created a really, truly exciting occasion, and we’re looking to get as many individuals involved,” Jeffrey Outcalt, a third-year in data analytics and the director of events for BuckeyeThon, stated.

BuckeyeThon is a year-long campaign that has actually raised over $11.5 million in the last twenty years for pediatric cancer research at Columbus’ Across the country Kid’s Health center, according to BuckeyeThon’s website. This year, the goal is to raise $2 million for the cause, and Outcalt stated he thinks the “Virtual Day of Play” is among the methods this goal can be attained.

Along with the official stream, students and non-students are encouraged to get involved in any of the complimentary competitions for League of Legends, Amongst United States, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Rocket League for an opportunity to win Amazon gift cards, according to the “Virtual Day of Play” site.

” We wish to believe that people would be interested this year because you can do it from the safety of your own house or dorm,” Austin Capell, an Ohio State alumnus and treasurer for the Columbus Additional Life Guild– a local gaming organization that raises money for Nationwide Kid’s Medical facility– stated. “It’s an option for people who may have similar objectives for fundraising however may have slightly various interests.”

Capell said as a partner for this event, Additional Life is helping by assisting with event company and supplying the opportunity of fundraising through the BuckeyeThon team on the Bonus Life website.

” It’s really crucial for me to be able to attempt to give these kids the finest shot of life they can. And a great deal of them like computer game too,” Capell said. “We’re simply attempting to provide the most regular they can have, and naturally the cash assists their families spend for bills and whatnot.”

Capell said an event such as this one is something he’s wished to do because initially getting involved with Extra Life as a freshman at Ohio State in 2013.

” This is the very first time we’re doing this, and I’m really hoping we can do things all right this year to actually offer it another possibility next year,” Capell said. “I think there’s a lot of people out there that wish to assist out the medical facility in this method.”

Outcalt said for individuals who have not fundraised before, a list highlighting things people can do to make an effect in fundraising is available on the event page.

“Not only is that tool readily available, but we’re really fulfilling individuals for using that tool through the raffles and giveaways,” Outcalt stated.

Some of the raffle prizes for finishing the checklist include Hangover Easy and Dirty Franks present cards, as well as game packages for the Additional Life game, according to the event page.

A few of the tasks consist of registering pals to the main BuckeyeThon Bonus Life team, sending 10 text to loved ones notifying them of the occasion and raising at least $43 to represent the number of kids diagnosed with pediatric cancer every day, according to the checklist.