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Microgaming has donated £30,000 to four charities, as part of its 2018 Gift of Giving campaign, which provides key customers and contacts the opportunity to vote for one of several charities in their region.

In lieu of Christmas gifts, £30,000 is split equally between four global regions, namely the Isle of Man, UK and Europe, Africa, and Rest of the World, with 2018 marking the sixth running of the initiative.

In the 2018 campaign, the charities that received the highest number of votes in each region were Heroes on the Water in the Isle of Man, Teenage Cancer Trust for the UK and Europe, Save the Rhino International for the region of Africa and Médecins Sans Frontières in the rest of the world category.

Kate Moughtin, senior CSR Manager at Microgaming, commented about Gift of Giving: “Over the festive season we asked our customers and contacts who they would like us to provide a charitable donation to, and I am happy to announce that they voted for Heroes on the Water Isle of Man, Teenage Cancer Trust, Save the Rhino International, and Médecins Sans Frontières, with each charity receiving £7,500.

“Gift of Giving has been running for six successful years, and it is fantastic that Microgaming has now donated a total of £180,000 to a number of worthy causes. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.”

Miriam Goodall, regional fundraising manager for Teenage Cancer Trust, which helps young people and their families deal with the many ways cancer can affect an individual’s body, mind and life, said of the donation: “Wow, what fantastic news to start the year. Needless to say we’re absolutely delighted. 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.

“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.”

Michaela Butorova, partnerships manager at Save the Rhino International, which is celebrating its 25th birthday this month, added: “We are incredibly grateful to Microgaming and every person that voted for Save the Rhino again this year, giving a generous donation that will really help rhinos.

“In the past year, we have celebrated zero poaching in our priority field programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, and your funds will be crucial in keeping up the global rhino conservation efforts.

“Donations from previous years have helped to fund everything from good-quality shoes and backpacks to upgrading accommodation, giving wildlife rangers the best chance to stay safe and protect wildlife. Thank you so much for your commitment to rhino conservation.”