Putting the fun in FUNdraising – A videogame marathon raises over $2000 to improve the quality of life for Canadians with arthritis

May 1, 2017
Riley, a grade 12 student from St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, attends a sports-oriented high school. Being big into sports himself, as a wrestler for 6 years winning Atlantics twice and nearly winning bronze at Nationals, his love of competition doesn’t end there. Riley also enjoys videogames and has come to appreciate the excitement that sports and games can illicit. 

It’s with this understanding that Riley decided to hone that enthusiasm and incorporate it into a cause he is passionate about while representing students who may not engage with sports as passionately as they do videogames.

Diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 4, Riley knows that just because arthritis can’t be seen that many people in Newfoundland & Labrador live with the debilitating disease. Riley feels the effects of arthritis in his ankles, wrists, and knees, so he wanted to do something that would fund the work of The Arthritis Society while generating awareness of the disease and who it affects. 

And with that, Riley, with the help of his teachers, hosted a video-game marathon at his school’s “Wake-a-thon” – an overnight event where students take part in a variety of fun and entertaining activities. Riley invited his peers to fundraise for arthritis, and bring in their own game system and favourite game to play. 
In doing so, Riley raised more than $2000.00 to improve the quality of life for Canadians living with arthritis! 

“It was a huge success,” Riley explains. “It was great to see everyone I know and interact with on a daily basis, and get the chance to learn about them and see what they're passionate about. I received so many questions about myself, and living with arthritis that I think it drew a lot of attention to a cause that many might not have known about before.”

Riley is already fielding requests to hold another event soon, and is thrilled with the results.