Presenting… The top player 2010!

The Sick Kids Save Point top player award went to Anthony Gowland, a.k.a Freakyzoid, who raised a staggering £778.05 in sponsorship.  Being disorganised, SKSP only just got round to presenting Tony with his one-of-a-kind tee.  Freakyzoid interrupted his busy schedule at Rockstar North to meet us and receive his teeshirt, which bears a batman-esque symbol on the front.  2011’s top fundraiser will also receive a personalised prize, so get those sponsorship requests out!

In the meantime, check out Freakyzoid’s blog ‘Mainly About Games’, starting with his personal SKSP story!

Join us for SKSP 2011!

In 2010 Gamers all over Scotland undertook a 24-hour gaming marathon and raised over £7,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, who help the patients and their families at the Sick Kids Hospital, Edinburgh. They were supported by Edinburgh’s own Rockstar North, the creators of Grand Theft Auto. Codemasters UK also donated Nintendo DS lites for the brave children in the wards of the Sick Kids Hospital. Our top player was Freakyzoid, who raised a staggering £778.05 including gift aid.

As they attempted to play games for 24 hours they kept in contact through facebook and twitter, and a strong gaming community emerged. Now is your chance to join that community, because this year we plan to do it all again, only this time bigger and better!

In various 24 hour slots between 12.00am Friday 7th October and 11.59pm Sunday 9th October gamers will be undertaking a marathon on thier sofa. They will be collecting sponsorship through Just Giving to help an important local charity. If you want to be part of it, join us on facebook and twitter, and watch this space for further details….

International winners

As well as those that have been enjoying their prizes like Owen here with his GTA goodies, our charity auction is going well on ebay. People from Italy and Russia have been bidding on the items donated by Rockstar North. It’s not too late to bid on most of our Rockstar goodies – keep checking our ebay listings

Changing perceptions…

Let’s face it, gaming gets pretty bad press. We’re constantly accused of being anti social, having short attention spans, a taste for violence and leading kids into a life of crime. Never was that more evident than the slanderous story by the Daily Star last week that a Grand Theft Auto game based on the killings in Rothebury was in development.

Thankfully the Daily Star has ‘unreservedly’ apologised to Rockstar, admitting that there had been no attempts to ‘check the accuracy’ of the story. (i.e they made it up.). GTA has been the centre of controversy before, with people calling for the game to be banned despite the quite clear bbcf rating on the box. Rockstar have always maintained that they ‘make games for adults’.

It seems incredible that in the same week as the Daily Star allegations, Rockstar North were quietly showing their true colours by giving substantial support to a local children’s charity, and lending its backing to Sick Kids Save Point…
– Together we can show that gamers care about society, about the welfare of kids, that we are a community with a community spirit, and that we have an impressive attention span!

Prize draw

Thanks to generous sponosrship from
Rockstar North and The Ministry Of Gaming
we can announce several exciting prizes that could be won by participants of Sick Kids Save Point. Anyone who raises over £100 for the charity through sponsorship and gift aid will automatically enter the draw*. Now as well as helping provide valuable support and medical assistance to kids all over Scotland, you’ll be playing for prizes!

Check out our full list of prizes

*Some prizes are for over 18s only. If the winner is under 18 an alternative will be offered.