While at Animethon 26 in Edmonton, Canada, we got the chance to speak with the president of Extra Life Edmonton, Ramin Ostad. Extra Life is a gaming fundraising event that occurs every November in Edmonton. While Animethon usually supports Extra Life at their November event, this year Animethon hosted activities for their new official Charity of Choice, Extra Life. 100% of the donations raised through events such as the first-ever live auction, Race to Planet X, and the 50/50 Raffle. Extra Life Edmonton raises money for The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Ramin Ostad started the Edmonton chapter of Extra Life almost a decade ago to help raise money and give back to The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation as he was a pediatric patient there due to his heart condition.
For those who don’t know what Extra Life is, could you tell us a bit about it?
What kinds of games do those participating play? Are they all console or computer games? Do they have to bring their own setups?
Do people raise money on their own or are there teams?
Can gamers stream what they’re playing during the event?
Are there any incentives for teams?
Does your team have any goals?
That’s fantastic! And this year Animethon officially announced that Extra Life is the Charity of Choice. The Co-Chairs Bryan and Vlad have also challenged con-goers to raise at least $5,000 CAD.
just want to express our gratitude to Mr. Ramin Ostad who took the time to speak with us at Animethon. We know how busy you were with selling those raffle tickets, so we truly appreciate it. It’s really wonderful to hear how gamers can give back to the community. Thank you so much for founding the Edmonton chapter and inspiring more and more people to join Extra Life.
And thank you for stopping by! We hope to see more gamers getting involved as well. For anyone interested in learning more about Extra Life Edmonton, check out our website (yegextralife.org) and follow us on twitter (@YEGExtraLife) for the most up-to-date information.
While we didn’t win anything at the auction or raffle, Extra Life Edmonton surpassed their goal of $5,000 and doubled it to $10,000 CAD! That’s such an amazing show of support from Animethon goers and we at Honey’s are proud to have been a part of this wonderful event.