Kris Jardine is headed to the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando this weekend to represent the IWK Hospital in the “Extra Life For Kids” gaming marathon.
“It’s gamers who do 24 hour live streams, if they’re able to, and raise money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals of which the IWK is a member of,” said gamer Kris Jardine.
The father of two, from Miramichi, N.B. is the only competitor – out of the 125 attending – who comes from the Maritimes.
He will be competing in five video games and one board game. The top four competitors in each game will win up to $7,500 per game.
“And then the top 16 prize earners from the round robin portion will play in a mystery game finals, where there is another $75,000 up for grabs and again all that money goes towards the hospital that you’re representing,” added Jardine
The IWK is paying for Kris to represent them in this competition but he doesn’t feel pressure to perform, he’s just looking forward to being there and meeting great people.
“I can’t wait to meet all the kids from across Canada and the U.S. and just sit down and learn their story and their families story,” Jardine said.
“For me, I want to go down there and I want to win a bunch of money, but that stuff is secondary to being able to spend time with these kids.”
Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for local hospitals.