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24-hour gaming marathon raises money for Stollery Children’s Hospital

WATCH ABOVE: Dozens of gamers are working through the night at Commonwealth community centre to support the Stollery Children's Hospital. Michel Boyer has the story.

EDMONTON – Play games. Heal kids. That is the motto of hundreds of gaming enthusiasts from around Edmonton who hunkered down for a 24-hour Extra Life gaming marathon.

The event marks the end of the local team’s fundraising efforts for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

During Extra Life, gamers encourage friends and family to pledge¬†donations for their local children’s hospital. Each day, more than 4,900 children receive medical care from Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals across Canada.

“If millions of gamers can build entire new worlds in Minecraft, how hard can it be for us to build a better future in our own communities?” asked Ramin Ostad.

Ostad is captain of the YEG Extra Life team.

The Extra Life Edmonton team has raised $32,000 so far this year. A total of $79,000 has been raised for the Stollery from all teams across Edmonton and northern Alberta.

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“Extra Life allows local gamers to help children who, due to illness or other chronic conditions, don’t have the luxury of gaming with friends,” said Ostad. “The Stollery is a world-class hospital and YEG Extra Life is dedicated to keeping it that way.”

In 2014, Extra Life raised more than $137,000 for the Stollery.