Grab the donations and RUN

Playing games is a fun pastime for both solo and social gamers, but through charities like Child's Play, we're able to turn out entertainment into something which gives a little back to humankind. In case you didn't know, Child’s Play provides video games, books and toys to children’s hospitals all over the globe, enriching the lives of countless youngsters.

We're pleased to report that on February 14th, Zelda fans in Ottawa, Ontario will be hosting the third annual Hyrule Hustlers: Zelda Marathon fundraiser, the proceeds of which will go to the Child's Play charity.

Here's some more info from the press release:

Hyrule Hustlers is a multi-day charity event broadcasted live on The event begins with a group of gamers aiming to complete a selection of games from Nintendo’s popular Legend of Zelda series. Viewers are encouraged to donate to Child’s Play Charity via As the donations increase, so too does the length of the marathon. Viewers will have the opportunity to connect and interact with the team directly through the live chat room, as well as social networks such as Facebook and Twitter

All donations are made securely through PayPal, and sent directly to Child’s Play Charity. The Hyrule Hustlers volunteers do not come into contact with any of the donations. In fact, Hyrule Hustlers is funded completely out of pocket. The Hyrule Hustlers donate a significant amount of time and money to support this cause.

The pleasant escape that a video game provides when a child is sick is one that event coordinator Chris Sardinha and his friends know quite well. Whether recovering from illness or injury, mild or severe, they have always enjoyed playing video games. Video games, in effect, offer a respite from the pain and boredom of anything from bed rest to hospitalization.

“Spending time in the hospital can be a frightening for kids,” says Chris. “Knowing that there are toys and video games can help.” That’s why the Hyrule Hustlers volunteers are committed to making a child’s hospital stay a little brighter. Child’s Play provides an important service that is often overlooked, one that can change a child’s hospital stay for the better.

It certainly is a noble venture, and one well worth supporting. Will you be throwing some Rupees into the pot? Let us know by posting a comment.