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Video game marathon for Habitat for Humanity

Telus Park Place has a fun way to raise money for local charities, and they hope you’ll watch and donate.

The second annual Video Game Marathon takes place Friday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Telus Park Place location. The event will raise money for Habitat for Humanity Huronia by having viewers watch the live feed on Twitch and donate as they do so.

Upon opening our store at Park Place (18 months ago) we were encouraged to get active in the community and a lot of that had to do with putting together our own events about things we’re passionate about and I’m very passionate about video games,” said Telus senior sales representative Connor Laleff. “I wanted to develop a community event around video games and that’s how the idea came about.”

Twitch is a popular online service for watching and streaming digital video broadcasts and has become a huge business platform for the gaming community in particular.

Last year, Telus Park Place raised a little over $1,700 as Laleff played the popular Fortnite in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association. On Friday he will play new hit Apex Legends.

Store manager Jenna Robinson said it really takes a community to make this type of event happen.

“Just my team members play the game and they pay $50 each to buy in and Telus matches every donation that we collect from those watching and giving,” said Robinson. “Because of the buzz the event created last year, we now have sponsors from within the plaza that have donated gift cards that we’ll be raffling off.”

To tune into the event and donate, head to the link at 9 a.m. Friday, April 12.

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