Helping Hands and Right to Play staying together
Helping Hands, the corporate giving programme at PokerStars and Full Tilt, Amaya Inc. brands have announced they will be extending their partnership with Right To Play for a second consecutive year.
Right To Play is a global organisation that uses the educational power of sports, games and play to provide disadvantaged children and young people in over 20 countries around the world with learning, health and social skills to overcome the effects of poverty, disease and war.
Extending this partnership for a further 12 months will provide an additional donation of £300,000 (US $464,267) which will go towards training another 2,500 volunteer coaches throughout the world, allowing the charity to help transform the lives on another 400,000 children and young people. In 2014, PokerStars staff and players boosted the Amaya donation by a further £100,000 (US $153,42), showing the compassion and charitable mindset that exists within the poker playing community.
Europe's richest and most popular poker tour, the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT), will officially support Right To Play for the current and coming season, with special charity tournaments already planned for stops in Prague, Dublin, and Monte Carlo. Team PokerStars Pros Jake Cody, Leo Margets and Fatima Moreira de Melo will remain as partnership ambassadors. The three recently witnessed how much of a difference Right To Play makes in childrens' lives during a trip to Uganda. Check out the video.
"After visiting the schools I felt really inspired by the work Right To Play coaches do there, their motivation and mental and physical energy is just amazing, they are a key element in the Right To Play program" explained Leo Margets, member of Team PokerStars Pro and Right To Play partnership ambassador. She went on to support Right To Plays methodology saying, "By playing and doing sports, kids have fun and it becomes a lot more natural for them to engage in the activities and absorb the key lessons."