Athene is a world-famous professional video game player who streams gaming videos to a YouTube subscriber base of nearly 700,000 people. If you play video games, you might envy Athene's job - gaming all day long and streaming videos of you and your friends playing. You might think a guy who gets paid to play video games on YouTube is pretty lucky. Well, he thought so, too – so he decided to give back – as he says – to help "dem kidz"!!!!
Moved by the needs of hungry children in Africa, Athene and his friends in the gaming community helped Save the Children raise funds for our relief efforts. With the help of a matching donation from DC Entertainment, the campaign raised over $1 million!
Athene later traveled to Mali in West Africa to meet some of "dem kidz" helped by Save the Children. He live-streamed on YouTube from the field during our "Fastathon Live" event, which raised $100,000. The trip inspired a theme song for the Gaming for Good movement, "Change Today", which you can watch in the playlist below.
What's Athene Doing Now?
This year, Athene and friends are taking on a new challenge. One child dies needlessly every four seconds due to preventable and treatable causes. Literally millions of babies and little kids are dying from diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria. Athene's challenge is to help us meet our matching government grant requirements* which will fund up to $4M of our health programs in Malawi, Indonesia and Bangladesh.