On April 1, I had the chance to sit down with Matt Bryan, one of four committee leads for the Toronto guild of Extra Life, part of the Children’s Miracle Network, it’s a fundraiser which uses gaming (primarily D&D locally) to help people raise money for their local hospitals. When signing up to join, members can choose from over 150 hospitals across North America to support, irregardless of where they live.
Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $50 million for sick and injured kids. The idea is that we’re going to play games anyways, so why not raise money to help improve these kids lives. While Matt has been doing this for 7 years, the Toronto guild was only founded four years ago, and since then it has raised over one million dollars for Toronto Sick Kids Hospital. You also do not have to live in the GTA to support the guild; according to Bryan, their biggest fundraiser is a streamer who lives in Sudbury, ON. If you are looking for more information you can check out Extra Life the Toronto Guild or look them up on Discord. If you would like to help but you’re not a gamer, you can look up a community member and donate to their page; click here to help me reach my goal for Sick Kids in Toronto.
There was a great deal more information I received during this interview, so I have included it here for those of you who would like to give it a listen in its entirety. Please excuse my lack of editing skills, I’m still learning 🙂