Microgaming has announced that its charitable arm, PlayItForward, has given funds to four good causes- £30,000 split evenly between the charities! They were chosen to represent different geographical locations- the Isle of Man (where Microgaming is based), UK and Europe, Africa, and Rest of the World.
Microgaming provides software for many sites such as the popular and shiny Mr Superplay . The company has made a chain of massive slot hits like Jurassic World, Beautiful Bones, Thunderstruck II and Hot as Hades.
This is the result of a project called ‘Gift of Giving’ where Microgaming’s customers can vote for a charity in their region to receive the donation. The fifth annual Gift of Giving vote took place in December 2017, making the total donated £150,000.
The Women’s Refuge (Isle of Man), Teenage Cancer Trust (UK and Europe), Save the Rhino International (Africa) and Médecins Sans Frontières (Rest of the World) earned the most votes for the second year running within this region.
Women’s Refuge Isle of Man provides safety for women and children facing abuse, a long-standing charity which is mostly run by volunteers.
Thelma Lomax, Women’s Refuge Isle of Man, said: “A big thank you to Microgaming for including Women’s Refuge in the Gift of Giving campaign for 2017 and to their customers and partners for voting for our charity. The donation ensures our continued operation on the Isle of Man, an absolutely vital service for the island.”
Teenage Cancer Trust works with young cancer patients (aged between 13 and 24) to give them support and help their families deal with the huge impact of the disease.
Vanessa Simmons, Head of West and Wales for Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to hear that we had been chosen again as one of the beneficiaries of Microgaming’s Gift of Giving campaign. Teenage Cancer Trust wants to be able to support every young person with cancer and allow them to continue living their life to the full. We believe that cancer should never be a barrier to a young person reaching their potential, and our aim is to enable them to access the very best cancer support and care in the way that they want and need it.
“We are currently only able to reach half of all young people. We don’t think that’s fair. With support from companies like Microgaming, we have changed the lives of many thousands of young cancer patients – now we need to reach the rest of them!”
Save the Rhino International wishes to help all five rhino species thrive in the wild, preserving the future of this wonderful and endangered creature.
Josephine Gibson, Partnership Development Manager at Save the Rhino International, said: “We are delighted to have won Microgaming’s Gift of Giving campaign under the Africa category. Thank you to everyone who voted Save the Rhino International and to Microgaming for donating £7,500 to help us protect rhinos across Africa and Asia. In the last decade, more than 1,000 rangers worldwide have lost their lives protecting rhino and other wildlife. These rangers often didn’t have the basic kit and equipment they needed to do their job.
Microgaming has generously donated £25,500 in total to Save the Rhino International over the last three years. The money has helped towards us funding everything from good-quality shoes and backpacks, to upgrading accommodation, giving the rangers the best chance to stay safe and protect wildlife. Thank you for your commitment to conservation!”
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF- Doctors Without Borders) is an independent humanitarian organisation that delivers medical aid to victims of war, disaster and other crises around the world, regardless of country, race, creed and politics.
Rosalyn Smith, Major Gifts Administrator at MSF UK, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive the Gift of Giving vote again this year and it is really wonderful to continue our valued partnership with Microgaming. Your continued support will go such a long way to help our teams around the world save lives. From measles vaccination campaigns in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to complex surgery in Syria, a gift of this magnitude will allow us to respond immediately to crises around the world, whilst maintaining our vital impartiality and independence. On behalf of all of us here at MSF UK – thank you so much!”
Kate Moughtin, Senior Internal Brand Manager for Microgaming, said:
“Gift of Giving has been running for five very successful years and it is fantastic that Microgaming has donated £150K to a number of very worthy causes. Thank you to all our customers and contacts who have taken the time to vote. Together we are creating positive change through our initiatives.”
Find out more about Microgaming PlayItForward here.