I am a sucker for a good cause. We have something like 25 RSPCA tea towels simply because I could never say no to saving the wee animals. I was like a modern day Mylune, obsessed with saving critters without ever actually doing any of the work. No kitchen needs that many tea towels!
Counting My Blessings
These days I don’t have anywhere near the same kind of disposable income that I once did and so I have to be picky about what causes I support. I hate it; I would support absolutely everything if I could, but I can’t and so I just have to deal with it.
The thing is, I know that I am still incredibly lucky that I have the luxury of choosing what to support. Many families out there struggle to put food on the table, let alone donate anything, so when I first learned of the Geraldton Gamers Guild “Foodmachine” event, I really wanted to be a part of it.
What Is Foodmachine?
In layman’s terms, Food Machine is a Warmachine tournament where instead of buying entry into the competition with money, you use cans of food that are then donated to a charity. If you know me personally, you may see a problem here. I don’t dig war-gaming. At all. I tried Warhammer 40k once, and that lasted one night. The idea of me playing in a tournament is laughable.
Instead I offered to volunteer my time to help run the event, and when that fell through, I dragged my husband down to the shop and bought some decent canned foods to donate. He whinged a bit when I was choosing the more expensive cans over baked beans, but I reminded him that every family is only one disaster away from needing emergency help, and in that time we would all be pretty thankful for those who donated the good stuff instead of crap.
(Also, if he was using the cans to buy entry into the tournament, baked beans were only worth half points )
In the end there were only eight entrants into the tournament. However, the group as a whole collected over three hundred decent quality canned food products to donate. It’s not only a testament to the awesome gaming community is here in Geraldton, but also to the organiser, Stephen, for being passionate and organised enough to get something like this off the ground.
Fantastic effort, team!
Have you ever played games for a cause? Share your tale in the comments below.