£560,000 is raised during 2021 event, more than double the amount in 2019
LONDON, October 27, 2021 – PokerStars, part of Flutter Entertainment plc, was proud to be the main sponsor of the 2021 Right To Play Sports Quiz, which took place on 14 October at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London. This year marks the fifth year PokerStars has supported the Sports Quiz since it first partnered with Right To Play in 2014 through its corporate giving programme, Helping Hands. Thanks to the generosity of its employees and players, it has since donated more than £2.2 million.
After a two-year hiatus, this year’s annual event made a resounding return, raising £564,775 to support the charity’s life changing work, which is £300,000 more than in 2019. Hosted by TV sports presenter John Inverdale, the Right To Play Sports Quiz welcomed more than 400 guests and celebrities who together took part in an interactive sports quiz and pledged support through donations, live auctions, raffles and various other fundraising activities.
During the event PokerStars also auctioned off seats to a live poker tournament hosted by snooker legend and poker fan Stephen Hendry. The ten-handed game successfully raised £9,000 for the charity.
Sue Hammett, Group Head of CSR for Flutter said, “After a two-year break, we were delighted to help make the return of this event possible. It’s always a pleasure seeing the incredible generosity of the Sports Quiz guests as they work together to raise vital funds for Right To Play. This charity makes such a positive impact for so many children around the world and we are incredibly proud to support their valuable work.”
Neil Child-Dyer, Acting Head of Right To Play UK said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted learning for more than 1.5 billion students worldwide, with girls being particularly hard-hit. When girls are out of school, they face increased exposure to harmful practices like child marriage, early pregnancy and female genital mutilation, which limit girls’ opportunities in learning and in life. The funds raised through the Sports Quiz could help over 18,000 girls back in to school so they can have a brighter future.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the incredible support of PokerStars, who have not only helped us grow the Sports Quiz into the flagship fundraising event that it is today, but through their long term and generous corporate partnership are helping us educate and empower 2.3 million children in 15 countries around the world.”
In addition to Right To Play’s Sports Quiz sponsorship, PokerStars donates £150,000 per year to the charity, which supports Right To Play’s work to educate and empower vulnerable children across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The charity has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development with programmes that protect, educate and empower children, and help to shield them from the harsh realities of war and abuse.
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About Right To Play
Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates and empowers children in some of the most challenging contexts. We help them stay in school and graduate, resist exploitation, overcome prejudice, prevent disease, and heal from war and abuse.
It is the only international organisation focused exclusively on harnessing play, one of the most fundamental forces in a child’s life. Right To Play’s unique experiential learning methods spark enduring transformations in children’s lives.
Every year Right To Play reaches 2.3 million children across 15 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
About Flutter Entertainment plc:
Flutter Entertainment plc (the “Group”) is a global sports-betting and gaming company reporting as four divisions:
UK & Ireland: includes Sky Betting and Gaming, Paddy Power, Betfair and Tombola brands offering a diverse range of sportsbook, exchange, gaming and bingo services across the UK and Ireland, along with over 600 Paddy Power betting shops in the UK and Ireland.
Australia: the Sportsbet brand offers online sport betting and is the Australian market leader.
International: includes PokerStars, Adjarabet, Betfair and Junglee operating in multiple jurisdictions around the world offering a diverse range of sportsbook, exchange and gaming services.
US: includes FanDuel, TVG, Stardust, FOX Bet and PokerStars brands, offering regulated real money and free-to-play sports betting, online gaming, daily fantasy sports and online racing wagering products to customers across various states in the US.