Take the joy and fun of gaming and combine it with raising money for a good cause? COUNT ME IN! A press release from Gaming4Charity hopped into my inbox last week and, man, I wish I could go! It’s taking place in Cape Town on 5 and 6 March 2016.


eSports for a Great Cause
Cape Town’s first ever eSports Gaming event aims to raise awareness of eSports, while simultaneously raising funds for a local non-profit organisation, Heavenly Promise.

The founders of the event, Ari Cristallides and Andre Novella, set out to combine their passions for gaming and local community development. This has culminated in which will continue to invest into local eSports, and thereby raise funds for the establishment of a Care Centre in Delft, allowing Heavenly Promise to have a central base for its feeding programmes, latchkey child care, and allowing it to facilitate adult learning programmes to increase the chances of employment in a needy community.

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Ari Cristallides stated, “It is time for Capetonians to realise eSports, like the care of our community, is not child’s play. It is the evolution of entertainment and modern sports which has a valuable role to play in the local landscape”. Andre Novella supported this by saying, “Bringing the gaming community together to support a local cause will show Cape Town how powerful it is when we work together to meet the needs of our community”.

The Event
The Gaming4Charity Event, being held in the SunExhibits Centre @ GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World, on 5 & 6 March 2016, has received a ground swell of support from local gaming hubs and websites, local businesses and radio personalities. Here’s what to look forward to:

  • GoodHope FM will be airing live from the event.
  • DJ Ready D and the Dr1ft Squad will be showcasing their personal drift cars. In addition 10 lucky attendees stand to win an exclusive Drift Experience with Ready D and the Dr1ft Squad.
  • Players in the 24 Hour #CharityEnduro on Project Cars will attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for a console endurance race.
  • eSports tournaments and a 100-seat LAN will be available all day. The cash prize tournaments on offer will include Fifa 16, Counter Strike GO, Halo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and more.
  • For casual gamers there will be free-to-play mobile games, PS4 game stations, PSP Vita stations, old-school arcade games, and pinball machines.
  • Random prize draws and spot competitions will be held every few hours with cool prizes and giveaways for attendees.

Will you be in Cape Town on 5 and 6 March? Pop in and check out Gaming4Charity. You can also find out more about the event and future Gaming4Charity events by following on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Cath Jenkin

As a mom, Cath raises her daughter with a strong focus on technology, as she believes that digital literacy is as important as learning to read. With a long history of creating content for online and print publications, and in particular as a parenting columnist, Cath brings her curious mind... Read more

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