PokerStars proud to support Right To Play in Ghana
Poverty and hunger are a result of the life lottery, which you are likely a winner of if you're reading this. It's a simple fact that none of us have the choice where we are born, but it has a huge impact on the opportunities that it presents to us.
In recognition of that, PokerStars has officially partnered with global children's charity Right To Play, to whom we've contributed more than $1 million through company, player and staff donations over the last two years. This money has helped hundreds of thousands of children in some of the poorest parts of the world, using the power of sport and play to help educate and empower those most in need to overcome the impact of poverty, conflict and disease. It may sound like a bold claim, but to see it in action is to witness its positive influence. Sometimes that positive impact can be most easily understood through the effect it has on one person, and there's none better than our own talented writer Brad Willis, who has written two great articles (here and here).
Right To Play's passion and commitment to helping children around the world is contagious. They invited us to join one of their ambassadors, England rugby star Mike Tindall, to share how donations (thank you!) are spent and the positive impact that they deliver. Please take the time to watch the video below.
Just one of the thousands of schools that Right To Play helps is New Horizon School in Accra, Ghana. It's a school and, at times, a sanctuary for more than 150 children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, including Down Syndrome and Autism; conditions which are often greatly more stigmatised in Africa than in the Western world.
The school uses Right To Play games to help develop motor neurone skills, grow a greater understanding of each other, and instil some basic, but hugely important, life skills. To witness what Right To Play means to students at New Horizon School, not to mention across Ghana and round the world, is a powerful reminder of how important play is to everyone. Having time to play should be a right not a luxury, and that's something which is far too easy to be taken for granted.
Being able to help Right To Play to deliver that time, support and sanctuary is something that we're very proud of. Thank you for any support you've shown in the past, whether that's through donation or participation in one of our live charity tournaments, and please do get involved in the future. You won't regret it.
Sue Hammett is Head of Corporate Giving for PokerStars. Find out more about Right To Play here.