SAE Liverpool raises money on World Cancer Day with Street Fighter II tournament

10 Feb 2020

On World Cancer Day on Tuesday 4 February, SAE Liverpool rallied around the arcade machine to host a Street Fighter II tournament in aid of raising money for Cancer Research UK.

World Cancer Day is an international event which strives to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. 

There are more than 200 different types of cancer, and one in two people in the UK will get at least one of the forms of the disease in their lifetime. Consequently, it’s a cause that has affected a lot of people who attend or work at SAE. 

The Liverpool campus raised £75, more than their original target of £50, thanks to the generous donations from SAE staff and students: Firdaus Khalid, Mike McNeillis, Paul Hunter, Stephen Bell, Jack Hogdson, Lydia Neves, Honey Crespo, Graham Lysaght, Kate Corbin, Grace Griffith, and Nicholas Panteleimonow.

Street Fighter II is a competitive fighting game developed by Capcom, which was originally released for arcade systems in 1991. It is the second instalment in the Street Fighter series of video games and the sequel to the original game, released in 1987. 

There were a combination of staff, students and alumni who took part in the tournament, including Holly Cairns (2nd Year Game Art Student Representative), Bradley Palmer (2nd Year Game Art Student Ambassador), Nile Cook (2nd Year Game Art student), Blake Borbon (2nd Year Game Art student), Lucas Puckey (1st Year Game Art student), Emma Smith (1st Year Web Dev student), Cameron Prayle (1st Year Web Dev student), Nicholas Panteleimonow (SAE Audio Alumni and former SAE Staff member), Daniel McKevitt (SAE Staff) and Firdaus Khalid (SAE Staff). 

The overall champion was SAE Liverpool’s Programme Coordinator for Animation, Web and Games, Firdaus Khalid. Firdaus said: “Our fundraising evening was absolutely amazing, as all participants had a really fun time during the event. We started off with a quick briefing on our cause - Cancer Research UK - before moving towards the tournament itself, which is great as we have participants from our first and second-year students, as well as from staff and alumni. We even had a cool Street Fighter II mascot drawn by our students as well, that was cool!”

Firdaus added: “We have smashed through our initial target of £50 by 150%, and are now currently standing at a total of at £75 donations given towards Cancer Research UK, all thanks to our wonderful students and staff. Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone who had helped along the way.” 

Visit the donations page here.