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Gamers Unite Against Homelessness

Ireland’s gamers will band together this Saturday, April 14th to yet again raise much needed funds for the Dublin Simon Community and Inner-City Helping Homeless to assist in their fight against homelessness.

8-Bit, a collection of Irish retro gamers, will be holding Gamers Unite For The Homeless, a free event, in Griffith College where attendees will be able to try their hands at old consoles, experience a Virtual Reality simulation and participate in tournaments.

As of February 2018 there were 9,807 homeless people in Ireland, more than double the figure from the same period in 2015. Volunteer groups such as the Simon Community and ICHH are battling hard to ensure that none of these people go forgotten.

It’s not the first time that 8-Bit have fundraised for the homeless. Back in December the group raised €1,500 by hosting a 24 hour international live stream, which even featured a head-shaving all in the name of charity. They’ll be hoping to surpass that target this time around.

Much of the money they hope to raise will come from vendors, who will donate 20% of their profits to the cause.

“On behalf of the Dublin Simon Community and the people who rely on our services each day, we would like to thank everyone involved for their support.” said Jonathan Beatty of the Simon Community.

“The proceeds raised from the event will help provide people with life changing outreach, treatment, housing, homelessness prevention and education services. We are very humbled to be chosen as beneficiaries for this fantastic fundraiser … the supporters of this event will make a vital difference and enable people to move to a safe and secure place they can call home.”

One of the highlights of the day will surely be the Mario Kart and Street Fighter tournaments, always popular in the extremely competitive gaming community. Entry into the tournaments will have a small cover charge, with all proceeds going to the charity partners.

The National Computer & Video Game Museum will also be attendance to showcase their range of retro games and consoles, including a large-screen Saturn Bomberman experience for up to 10 players at a time.

Although entrance is free, the event is ticketed due to the limited size of the space available. Tickets can be gotten through the event’s Facebook page.

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