One of the things I love most about the geek/nerd community is that we have always been happy to give back and to others. When I was growing up, there wasn’t the commodification of comics and movies in the same way as today, but there was always those collecting themes that ran through the community, whether it was collecting comics, books, toys, or replicas.
When I moved to Ireland, I started attending gaming conventions, the foremost being Gaelcon. Every year at Gaelcon, we raised thousands to give to charity, usually through a charity auction where items would be donated by and then sold back to the community (sometimes even the same person!). Gaelcon’s record of charity donations is impressive, especially considering how small it is, but it has become a tradition that people specifically attend the convention for. I love being part of a community that gave back to those less fortunate and today there is a new way to make a difference.
Yesterday a new charity initiative took off again. Meagan Marie is a talented cosplayer, who has taken it upon herself to help the cosplay community give back in a new way. Last year in 2014, she organised the Charitable Cosplay Shop, running it twice to donate first to the Trevor Project and then to Room to Read. In total, over $6000 has been donated so far.
The Causeplay Shop is open again and will run for the month of June. In it, you will find all sorts of cosplay-focused items- everything from prints and original artwork to actual costumes and props (and let’s face it, who doesn’t want a full sized Gorehowl?). Donations come from the entire cosplay community, so you will find work from names you might recognise and you might find work from unknowns that inspire. Word to the wise- the more esoteric and interesting items often go quickly, so I highly suggest checking it out sooner rather than later.
This time round, the Causeplay Shop will be donating all proceeds to the Nepal Youth Foundation, providing support, education, housing and medical care for the children of Nepal. In the wake of the terrible earthquakes this spring, these donations will greatly assist in helping rebuild.
And if you’re interested in helping out the cause, but aren’t interested in any of the items on offer? That’s ok. You can help out with just a donation as well.