The time has come again for the annual O’Sullivan Charity Challenge! Thank you all for coming back year after year and for all your tremendous support. We are yet again raising money for the CAMH Foundation this year and we’re thrilled to have you along for the ride.
If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.
As you may (or may not) know, I’ve been confronting several mental health challenges in the last few years – COVID has been hard on everyone, putting additional strain on all of us and the mental health systems that support us.
This year in particular I’ve recently been diagnosed with ADHD and working through that has really again highlighted just how important CAMH and places like it are to our health care system. This cause is near and dear to my heart. Throughout the month I plan to share more about my story (I had posted on this blog previously and I encourage you to check out that post), and Rachel will share a bit about what it’s been like from her perspective. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.
For this year’s challenge we started yesterday and will be playing daily through to Saturday December 10th! Rachel and I will be playing board games every single day. There’s two things we’re working towards: 1) raising money for charity and 2) the family gaming trophy.
Why board games? Board Games have played an important role in combating my mental health challenges. I have been extremely lucky and made some amazing friends playing board games, and those friends have helped get me out of the house, keep me smiling and keep my mind active and pointed in healthy directions. Board Games have proven a framework to work my brain and keep me free of the negative distractions that can pull me down.
For those curious here are the full rules of the competition:
- Every week there will be 5 recorded games
- There are 5 game weeks, the winner of a given game week is the person who wins at least 3 games that week.
- The first person to win 3 game weeks will be crowned the champion
- Games for a given game night are selected by the loser of the previous game night
Last year we went into the competition tied at two years a piece, and in the end I managed to swing the pendulum my way, putting Rachel’s early years of dominance into a distant memory. In the last two years however Rachel has been dealing with very pregnant (two years ago) and very tired raising a toddler (last year); she’s insistent that she’s back and better than ever and if our recent game plays are any indication – I might be in some trouble. Can Rachel tie us back up at 3 trophy wins a piece? We. Shall. See.
We’ll have blog posts daily throughout the charity challenge, so check back often! Thank you all for supporting us once again!