SpecialEffect, a UK gaming charity, recently announced they had raised over £446,000 in their One Special Day fundraiser event that was held on September 29, 2017. The event is an annual fundraiser dedicated to raising money for people with disabilities so that they can find ways to enjoy video games and be part of the community. Companies from all over the gaming industry took part in the event and donated; several indie titles from the UK donated all revenue from game sales and in-game purchases.
According to SpecialEffect Founder and CEO Dr. Mick Donegan,
The money raised from One Special Day is a huge financial boost to SpecialEffect. It will enable us to take on extra staff we need to help even more severely disabled people all over the world to play the games they love. Being supported by so many games industry partners like Supercell, SEGA, Seriously, Unity Technologies, Codemasters, Playdemic, and Rovio is not only a tremendous funding boost but also a terrific morale boost to our passionate and dedicated team here at SpecialEffect.
This continued with Dr. Mick Donegan talking about where the money from the One Special Day fundraiser will be going. It will be invested in employing two additional clinical staff to join SpecialEffect’s growing team of occupational therapists and technology specialists. It will also fund modifications needed for the SpecialEffect game rooms, where people with disabilities can go to try out a wide range of hardware and software.
Organizations like SpecialEffect have such a huge impact on the disabled gaming community and the gaming industry. They can help transform lives and do amazing work. If you want to learn more about this charity, check out SpecialEffect’s website. If you’d like to donate or participate in the next One Special Day fundraiser, it will be held on September 28, 2018; however, they hold multiple events all year that you can help out with.