How is it going guys! I must say, we have been hearing quite a bit about you and the project you are working on, so I’m glad to finally have the chance to get you on the website for a chat. In consideration for our poor readers who have stumbled onto this article ad have no idea what they are reading about yet, please do tell us a wee bit about Press Start and the CF Trust!
Where do I even start, I don't think I've had the chance to sit down and take it all in. I guess I always had that thought in the back of my mind where I'd do something for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, my family have done a lot to show much the charity means to them in terms of the support they have provided for my sister Laura. Throughout her life, she powered through every obstacle thrown in her way despite having a life-threatening illness. Even when times were tough on her, she'd still pull through and appreciate the strength she possessed. Valiant as she could ever be, Laura passed away in July 2016 and life has not been the same since then, but reminding myself of who she was as a person has helped me through what is a tough time for any one to go through. Press Start is my way to show my support for the CF Trust. In the simplest of terms, it is a video-game themed charity initiative that aims to raise awareness and proceeds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Not only is it for a cracking cause, but he whole video game aspect of it is something to be proud of, as it has everyone we have spoken to about it so far absolutely exited to find out more about, specifically for the championship season and the horror marathon. Was it quite a big project to get the series of smaller projects off the ground, or was it more a labour of love for someone who loves working with games anyway?
I guess that my appreciation for video games as a whole came from my earliest memories. Crash Bandicoot, Rayman and Spyro The Dragon were the games I remember most when I first got a Playstation 1 and though I've tried other consoles, a lot of people associate me as a Playstation guy. I chose video games because of how much power they harness in bringing people together. Sure most video games are played online, but there is still that wonderful feeling of just having a fun game with people in the same room.
In regards to the events, I wanted to challenge myself and see what I could do that would catch people's attention and see what myself and a couple of people I know would do to share our admiration and support for a charity as known as the CF Trust. The Press Start Championship Series (which is being done in association with Megabytes) is an all-day event featuring multiple competitions based around well-known games that will close with a Royal Rumble Raffle. We have a date approved and will be announced on our social media platforms, I think the games that have been chosen for the Series are several that people will know of and enjoy, and to be honest, does the idea of thirty video-game personalities in a Royal Rumble match not sound the slightest bit exciting?
The Marathon Of Horror (which is planned for a later date) was actually my girlfriend's suggestion. Straight away, she wanted to do something with horror games and we aim to look into a set up and hopefully share more details about it in the near future. She has already asked for Resident Evil 7 to be featured so that alone shows how much she adores that genre.
Tell us a bit about what your targets are for 2017 then, is it about using the games as predominantly a fundraising vehicle, or is equally as important to you to educate the general public with regards to Cystic Fibrosis too?
I believe it is both when I think about it. It's no secret that video games, like anything else, have been used for charitable means. This is me just putting my ideas out there and admiring the potential they have. In regards to educating CF to the public, all we can do is further inform everyone of how the illness can impact the lives of those who have it, their families and friends. As a brother who lost his only sibling to CF, it has had an impact on my life but I am thankful to have so many people look out for me and after the emotional times my family went through, I couldn't imagine how anyone else would handle this situation.
I must say that the horrorthon itself has me personally excited, not only to take part, but possibly to film me taking part too, and to use it to help you guys get your message and fundraising ideals out to the public as much as possible. We are up for helping with such a great cause in as many ways as we can. What else can the people reading this do to help you though out with taking part in the actual games projects? Are you looking for volunteers yourself, or would you recommend our readers check out other ways to help with things such as spreading awareness, or helping run smaller fundraisers on your behalf at Press Start?
To know people like yourselves are wanting to help me out with Press Start in any possible way blows my mind. Already I've had multiple groups take the time to hear my story and see what I aim to achieve, I'm happy to have just told them about Press Start. The best thing your readers can do is follow our progress through our social media channels and take time to visit the Cystic Fibrosis Trust's website to learn more about the charity and their mission. We will be definitely looking for volunteers and will reach out to people before we host the Championship Series.
The floor is yours then, if you have dates up, or event pages you want shared about, please do drop them below and we will get them shared for you, or if you have anything else you want to say to our readers, now is your chance! Thanks again for taking the time to chat to us too, it’s been a pleasure, and I hope we can work with you guys in any way you need throughout 2017!
We will be announcing the official date and times for the Press Start Championship Series soon, so we recommenced following all news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PressStartForCFTrust
Thank you guys for letting me speak to you about Press Start, here's to what will be a fun year for me, my family and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.