Mario runs all night for Starlight

19/10/11 – Between October 28th and October 31st,  three ordinary guys will be attempting to play the ‘Super Mario’ series of games in a marathon lasting 72 hours, and aiming to raise a total of £6000 for Starlight in the process.

Known as the ‘Mariothon’, the event will be taking place in Nottingham and will also be broadcast live around the world wide web.

It has been organised by three friends who as youngsters enjoyed playing the series of Nintendo games featuring the Italian plumber with the unmistakable moustache. Whilst reliving their childhoods, they will be raising money to give sick children the chance to enjoy their own.

On an (almost certainly rainy!) weekend in October, they will be embarking on a journey through Mario’s impressive 25-year history, starting on the original Nintendo console and finishing on the Wii, in return for generous donations from members of the public.

All the Mariothon action can be seen live at between 12 noon on October 28th and 12 noon on October 31st. Visit the website for more information, up-to-date news and competitions.

To sponsor the team, visit


Contact: Henny Breakwell
Tel: 020 7262 2881 #231

Starlight grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children, restoring the magic and fun of childhood and giving the whole family happy memories to share, whatever the future holds.

Starlight also creates entertainment in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK. Sick children go to Starlight parties, laugh their way through pantomimes, go out on Starlight Escapes, play games and watch films on the Starlight Fun Centre, and enjoy the toys and puzzles of the Starlight Distraction Box. Happy children respond better to treatment and Starlight helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.