The Moose Jaw Gamers Association has once again come through with a sizeable donation to support local youths.
The local organization recently handed off a cheque for $2,500 to Hunger in Moose Jaw, part of its continuing venture to run fun and engaging events while also helping out those in need.
“The Moose Jaw Gamers charity was set up right from the get-go so we’d be able to play games, have fun and make some money at the same time that we can in turn give to local children’s charities in the Moose Jaw,” said MJGA vice-president Talon Regent.
“We’re so pleased to be able to do that again this year. The $2,500 we donated to Hunger in Moose Jaw, we know it’s going to be put to good use and we’re very happy to support them.”
Proceeds were raised through two events over the past year, with the majority of funds coming from the Gamer Expo -- better known as GAX -- this past February. That event traditionally brings in hundreds of gamers from all over the province, taking part in video games, role-playing campaigns, board games and everything in between.
The MJGA also held a special RPG Game Day this summer that further bolstered their coffers, leading to the donation earlier this week.
Hunger in Moose Jaw was selected as the charity of choice due to their ongoing work to help with child nutrition, with close to 300 free lunches delivered to 18 schools in Moose Jaw every day.
While the donation was roughly half of the record $5,000 donated last year, the MJGA opted to keep a little extra in their coffers to help support their upcoming events.
“The record donation last year was fantastic, but that did leave us a little bit short on funds,” Regent said. “So we’ve decided to go back to the $2,500 donation so we can still continue to operate and continue to put on fantastic GAX events that we know people want to come and experience.”
To that end, tickets are already on sale for the 2024 Gamers’ Expo, which is set for Feb, 2-4 at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre. Anyone who purchases advance tickets will be entered into an early-bird prize draw.