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Friday
Feb182011

Australian Teens Play 60-Plus Hours of Video Games for Charity

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ADELAIDE, Australia) -- Toby Zerner, Brodie Syrus and two of their friends are playing 60-plus hours of video games in the name of charity.

Their goal is to raise $10,000 for the non-profit organization "charity: water," which brings clean and safe drinking water to developing nations, by broadcasting their "struggle through some of the worst games released in history."

"They are mostly old games. One of the most well-known ones is Superman on Nintendo 64," said Zerner. "It's a really, really good cause. About one in eight people in the world don't have access to clean and safe drinking water, which is something we take for granted."

The four teenagers had about 15 hours to go and had raised $6,400 as of Friday evening. On their website gametoaid.org, supporters can participate in a continuous chat, watch a live-stream of the games being played, see how much money has been raised, how much time is left, and donate to the cause.

"One-hundred percent of public donations go directly towards water projects and all the administrative costs and credit card fees and things like that are covered by private donors," said Zerner. "We can assure all of our viewers that all of their money is going to where it is needed the most."

Zerner and Syrus are no strangers to this strenuous test of endurance and finger agility. Last year in a 72-hour gaming marathon they raised $4,186 for World Youth International.

They say they were inspired by other marathons like extralives.org and Mario Marathon so they created their own. On their website they encourage anyone interested in doing the same to contact them.

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