Gamers united this weekend for the second annual ‘Power Up Prince George’ event at UNBC.
Playing all sorts of video games, Co-Organizer of the event, Kelsy Polnik says the proceeds all went to the ‘Friends Of Children’ charity. “When we heard about Friends of Children who help families with medical expenses and travel costs related to illnesses, it just really fit in with what we wanted to push with our event so it was an easy choice.”
Polnik says last year’s event donated about $3,500 to the Child Development Centre in Prince George and he hopes more gamers can get involved in the future. “We want to keep it going, we want to keep it growing, we’re getting a lot of new organizations involved, businesses and charities around town so we want to keep making this bigger and better and we need people to come out to do it.”
It’s especially important for young kids like 13 year old Anika Hendriksen who said she gets to meet new friends and for a good cause. “It’s good to show your skills and just know who you are – a gamer – and know that you’re not alone in this world, there’s a bunch of gamers out there and if you get made fun of as a gamer, just know that there’s many people out there like you,” she said.
This year, 12 local businesses got involved, including the Prince George Cougars who were on hand Sunday signing autographs and competing in an NHL 17 tournament. Captain, Sam Ruopp says it’s a nice way to relax and connect with the community. “It’s great, if we can do anything to help anyone in need and help out the community we love to do it,” he said. “It’s awesome to come down here and we’re fortunate to be able to have such a great opportunity to play games and for a good cause.”
Power Up Prince George is running until 6 p.m. Sunday at UNBC’s Canfor Theatre. Admission is $10 per person.