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Love gaming? Join in and
help us achieve amazing things!

Indulge your passion for gaming while raising money for charity by becoming a Game Changer.

By playing your favourite video games in aid of Sightsavers, you can help us fund vital eye surgery and ensure people with blindness and other disabilities are given the same rights as everyone else.

There are two ways to take part in our fundraising event. Select whether you’ll be Player 1, taking on an epic charity gaming marathon, or Player 2, hosting an in-person video games event with friends, family or colleagues. See how to play

Not a gamer? You can still get involved to raise money and show your support for our work by making a donation or hosting a charity gaming event for others.

Any questions? Read our FAQs for answers to common queries.

Watch our video to see what we do, and how your support can change lives.

Ready for your gaming challenge? Choose how to play for charity...

Player 1:
Online gaming marathon
How to play

Player 2:
Real-life gaming party
How to play

Player 1: online gaming marathon

Decide on the marathon length and fundraising target, then choose which game you’re going to play and stream to your followers.

Sign up and set up your page via a streaming site like Tiltify: this online fundraising tool has a built-in donation page, and you can create polls, give stickers and set donation milestones. Download Game Changers graphics

After you sign up, you’ll receive a Game Changers guide to help you prepare. It’s a good idea to let your followers know when you plan to do your gaming marathon.

Ready to start gaming?  Sign up via the form below.

Player 2: real-life gaming party

If streaming isn’t for you, but you love gaming at home just for fun, you can host a charity gaming event with your friends, family or colleagues to raise funds for Sightsavers.

On 22 October, join thousands of players gaming on World Gaming Day. We’ll email you how to set up a GivePenny fundraising page, plus tips to organise your event.

Invite friends, family or colleagues to join your party and play games. Each person makes a donation (we’d suggest £10 per person) to have fun and raise money for Sightsavers.

Ready to host a gaming party? Sign up via fundraising website GivePenny.

Download our Game Changers graphics for you to use on social media and streaming sites

Download ZIP file

See what your fundraising could achieve

£100

Could provide 43 pairs of glasses to enable children to see more clearly and continue their education.

£250

Could screen 300 people for a range of potentially blinding eye conditions, such as trachoma or river blindness.

£500

Could provide a full year of life-changing inclusive education for three students with disabilities.

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Frequently asked questions

You can choose the best date and time to start your gaming challenge.

If you’ve signed up as Player 1 to complete a gaming marathon, it’s up to you when you complete the challenge and how long your marathon is – it could be anything from four hours to 24 hours, depending on what’s achievable for you. Make sure you’re feeling fit and healthy on the day, are in a comfortable and well-lit room, and take plenty of breaks to refresh and recharge.

If you’ve signed up as Player 2 to host a real-life gaming party, you’re welcome to join thousands of other gamers around the world and hold your event on World Gaming Day: 22 October. If you already have plans for  22 October, don’t worry – you can host your party on a different date in October.

Got any more questions? Email us at [email protected]

Our Player 1 option to complete a gaming marathon is only open to participants aged 18 and over.

If you’ve signed up as Player 2 to host a real-life gaming party, this is open to all ages. If you live with a parent or guardian, please let them know you’d like to take part – they can help you organise your event.

Got any more questions? Email us at [email protected]

For every donation we receive (including donated supplies), 91% directly helps to prevent blindness, restore sight and support people with blindness and other disabilities. The remainder helps to grow awareness and funds.

If you choose to donate to our work, your donation will go into our general funds and will be spent wherever the need is greatest. Examples of how your gift will help include:

Eye care
You’ll be supporting projects that will restore sight and prevent sight loss in some of the poorest communities in the world. Blindness can make coping with poverty so much harder, so these projects really do give children and adults a brighter future.

Education
With your support, we can help children with visual impairments to go to school, giving them the best possible chance of an independent future.

Rehabilitation
Your gift will help to provide training and support for people who are blind, enabling them to lead fuller, more independent lives.

Watch our short video to learn how your donation can transform lives.

Got any more questions? Email us at [email protected]

Thank you for wanting to support a particular area of work.

Unfortunately, with smaller gifts, it would cost Sightsavers too much to administer thousands of different gifts to different areas, therefore your donation will go into our general funds and be used wherever the need is greatest.

Got any more questions? Email us at [email protected]

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