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The Red Cross is using Esports to beat loneliness

The Red Cross is teaming up with Esports team Legacy in an effort to beat loneliness.

Legacy will be renaming itself “Loneliness” as part of the effort, encouraging other Esports teams to do the same  and use the hashtag #beatloneliness in order to raise awareness of the cause.

“More than one in four of all Australians report feeling lonely most or all of the time, and nearly all of us suffer from loneliness at various points in our lives,” the Red Cross said in a press release. “Loneliness isn’t just an upsetting or annoying feeling it’s genuinely bad for your health.”

“Legacy Esports is an Esports team, and like any sporting team one of the best things about it is being surrounded by like-minded people who you know will always have your back,” said Legacy’s Nathan ‘Cyrix’ Baxter. “The Esports league we belong to has created a community that helps people feel more connected, and less lonely. We love the support from our fans too – no one should have to feel lonely, and we are extremely excited and proud to team up with Red Cross to help #beatloneliness.”

Those who’d like to join the cause will be issued free Loneliness-branded sports gear from the Red Cross. To take part, follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.beatloneliness.com.au
  2. Register your team
  3. Change your team name to ‘Loneliness’, and Red Cross will send your entire team free ‘Loneliness’ branded sporting kit.
  4. Then every team you come up against in your league will be challenged to beat you, that is to beat ‘Loneliness’.
  5. Your participation will help to raise awareness around loneliness and by simply coming together, you’ll be helping to beat it.

The Red Cross and Legacy will launch the event at Melbourne’s GG EZ tonight. For more information about the event, head here.

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