Long-standing gamers event, XitH, has for many years been a source of camaraderie for young people who might otherwise be isolated by this frequently solitary pastime, so when events were cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer organisers took the event online.
Working with existing online games, volunteer organisers Bradley Rohrlach and Rhys Jarrett manage a simultaneous chat resource that allows participants to maintain the social connections forged at live events.
"Gamers' use of technology has grown over the years to connect people across long distances," said Rhys.
"It makes sense for us to put our small community event online so that we can connect and communicate, even under current restrictions".
Creator of the XitH gaming event structure, Bradley Rohrlach, acknowledged that his volunteer work has significantly decreased since restrictions came in, and whilst the break was welcomed, he soon found himself missing his usual activities.
"I grew up volunteering with my family through our church and approached the Adelaide Hills Council about running these gaming events for the local community," said Bradley.
"When the events had to be postponed, it didn't take long for us to start looking for ways to run XitH online. Our test events so far have been really successful".
Both Bradley and Rhys have been acknowledged for their volunteer work in the district by receiving the Adelaide Hills Council's Young Citizen of the Year award in 2020 and 2019 respectively. Their commitment to young people in the community continues during this period of social distancing, and they both look forward to reinstating live events when safe to do so.
Anyone interested in participating in XitH should contact Council's Community Development Officer for Youth and Recreation on 8408 0400.