Playing video games is not normally a charitable activity, but since 2008, a dozen Mario Bros. fans have brought together giving and gaming in a fun way. As part of the annual Mario Marathon 5 fundraiser, the young men completed almost every Mario game over the span of five days.
The event, which took place in a living room in Lafayette, Indiana, was also live-streamed so fans could check out their progress. Last year, the team raised more than $112,000 for Child's Play, a charity that provides games and toys to hospitalized children.
On their website, the gamers say they are "a group of people who love video games and wanted to use this love to give back." How do they stay awake for the marathon? Easy: "The pure excitement of Mario saving all those princesses should keep us going." Since the group started the fundraiser in 2008, they have raised more than $236,000 for charity.
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