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October 1, 2018

Desert Bus for Hope | Friday, November 9th

Matthews + The Desert Bus for Hope

Join Desert Bus for Hope + [net] Friend Matthews on Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EST!  

Desert Bus is the world's longest running live internet-based fundraiser that combines video gaming + fundraising for Child's Play, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children undergoing treatment in the hospital through the gift of toys, games and love.

Viewers direct the action, talking with the volunteers via live chat, challenging them to sing, dance, game, and generally make fools of themselves in front of thousands of viewers.

To sum it all up, it's great fun for a great cause.

You'll be able to catch Matthews live during the festivities overnight from 3:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST

Q+A with Matthews

Tell us a little about the Desert Bus For Hope – what is it and who does it help?

Desert Bus For Hope is an annual charity online ‘telethon’ for Child’s Play Charity. What started as a few friends in one of their mom’s basements playing what is widely regarded as the worst video game of all time turned into a huge week-long event with events, celebrity guests, auctions, and general wackiness to try to raise as much money as possible for a good cause. It’s a 24hr live stream with international viewers and participants to give kids a chance to be kids when in a really tough spot.

What are the skills that you bring to the table for them? What is your role?

My role this year is blogging. I will be making news posts throughout the run to let audience members know about guests that are coming up, auctions (both live and silent) that are happening, different giveaways that will be running, and general information about the run. Each blog team member has a six-hour shift, during which they are responsible for all of the blog posts going out. My main skills are communication and a GIF collection that is large and varied.

When did you start getting involved with them and what made you want to volunteer?

I have done little bits of assistance here and there from home the past couple of years, largely in GIF creation. The main thing that made me want to volunteer is that Desert Bus has been a major highlight of my year since Desert Bus 4, when I was in high school. It’s always a source of positivity and fun, so no matter how rough the year has been, I have a bright spot to look forward to come November. Not only is it a good cause, but the entire run is relentlessly positive.

What is the best thing about volunteering for them?

The best thing about volunteering is knowing that I am part of something way bigger than myself. Yes, it’s silly fun, but there is such a giving spirit that permeates the whole event. One of the catchphrases for Desert Bus is “For The Kids!” and that’s the thing that is never forgotten. I was sick a lot as a kid, and spent a little time in the hospital. One thing that I still remember from that is getting to play Simba’s Mighty Adventure on PlayStation, and getting a break from feeling sick and worried. I got to forget about all that, and just play a fun video game.

What makes you volunteer for this particular cause year after year?

As well as the above, it’s the community. There's a huge group of people that tune in every year to watch and donate, and there's this feeling that everyone is in it together. It’s one of the very few places on the internet where the live chat and comments are just… happy, and supportive, and kind. People in the chat get to know each other, and look forward to chatting again next year. It’s like a giant, bizarre family reunion each year.

Where can people expect to see you during this year’s event and where can they find more information?

The best place to watch is twitch.tv/DesertBus or through the website at desertbus.org. My shift is overnight, so 12:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. PST, but other than sleep and shower breaks, I will probably be bumping around throughout the day on and off screen.

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Friday, November 9th

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12:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. PST

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