Dear Fellow Gamers,
If you're anything like me, you love Games. What I'm betting on in writing this, is that you also care about people. People around the world, and here in the United States. People in pain, hurting, suffering. People who need help. I'm James Wylder, I'm a gamer, and I've done my share of charity work. I've helped trauma victims, prepared soup at a soup kitchen, and helped clean up after the Nashville flood. However, there's only so much one person can do with their hands. It takes many people working together to make a lasting change. Luckily, there are numerous organizations solely devoted to organizing people to make a difference, but they don't operate for free. I decided I would help support these people, and maybe change the world a little bit for the better.
At the same time, I noticed there were very few charities drives that appealed to my friends; my campus held pigskin runs, dance offs, all sorts of things, but nothing that appealed to those who were busy with controllers, cards, dice, mouses and miniatures. So, I started a charity called Games for Amnesty.
Our first fundraiser at Hanover College in Indiana last year year was such a success, I soon realized this couldn't just be us. I asked around. Gaming clubs at other colleges I checked never did philanthropic events. There's so much that could be done with us together, I knew one campus wasn't enough. So now, we're asking you to join us. College gaming clubs across the nation are getting this same letter, to help us make money for Amnesty International, a wonderful organization that helps the oppressed all around the world. By simply having a day of doing what you love together, you can raise money to change lives all around the globe.
How it works is simple: at your College, set up a Games for Amnesty event with your student activities director (or your campus' equivalent) in one of the buildings on your campus. Then set up tournaments and free play for all the games you know and love to play, and charge a $5 entry fee for admission. If you can, get local business to sponsor you with prizes. There is a lot to draw people in: he competition, the draw of getting to spend time with other people who enjoy gaming, giving to a good cause and simple fun. You'll be left with the knowledge you've done good, met new people, and probably improved perception of your club through charity. Then just send us a check or money order for the amount you raised, and we'll forward it to Amnesty International. At Hanover College, a school of over under one-thousand students, we raised over 170 dollars this way, and our gaming clubs are only a handful of people each.
So I'm asking you to join us. Talk it over with your clubs, show them this email, and check out further information at our website thezocho.weebly.com. We'll be waiting!
President of Games for Amnesty
Member of Hanover College TableTop Gaming Club