An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale brought the country of Nepal to its knees as it devastated a large part of the country and is responsible for almost 10,000 dead. The disaster struck on Saturday, April 25th.
PokerStars and Full Tilt stepped up to ask the poker players of the world to help the devastated people of Nepal. A charitable initiative was born out of efforts by the online poker sites and presented on the PokerStars Blog on April 28th.
From the Head of Corporate Giving for PokerStars and Full Tilt Sue Hammett wrote, "The people of Nepal are in trouble and we want your help. On behalf of PokerStars, Full Tilt and Amaya, the Helping Hands corporate giving program is calling out to the poker community to support the relief operations."
"We will double your donation," Hammett promised. "Give a dollar and we'll make it two. Give us $50? We'll match it and pass $100 over to CARE International, who are on the ground helping to save lives right this second."
The country has a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of $2,400 with a population of 26 million individuals which leaves 24 percent of the total population living on less than $1.25 a day. Nepal is in need of a lifeline and desperately needs everyone's help right now.
"The US government has pledged $1 million, Great Britain £5 million, Australia $5 million, the European Commission €3 million," Hammett continued. "I'd like to think that the international poker community can show its heart by digging deep. We will match your donation and together we will make a real difference. Please make whatever contribution you can and do it now. Just $5 will provide a whole family with food for a day."
Making a Donation Through PokerStars
Logging into the poker room at PokerStars, players are welcomed by a new pop-up message regarding the campaign as the PokerStars 7 client starts.
Click the ‘Donate' button and you will be redirected to a new page that has all the information you need to select your donation and an explanation of the campaign.
Dummy Tournaments: Register for a 'Dummy Tournament' in the special events under the 'Tournaments' tab in the PokerStars lobby. You can contribute amounts as follows: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $200, $500, $1,000, €1, €10 and €100. As the name Dummy Tournament depicts, you are not actually playing a tournament, you are simply donating to the cause.
Transfer money to the Nepal Fund: You can create a player transfer to the account 'Nepal Fund' to make a donation also. Head to the Cashier in the PokerStars lobby and choose 'Transfer to Player.' Once the dialogue box appears, simply enter the amount you want to donate and the player ID 'Nepal Fund.' You donation will then be processed and sent to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal Fund.
Donate Your Frequent Player Points (FPPs): You can also donate your FPPs. To do that just go to the Cashier, select 'VIP Store' in the VIP Club section, donate and you'll be sending a donation to CARE.
Make a Donation at Full Tilt Or The CARE Website
Head for the Full Tilt lobby and follow the same procedures as you did at PokerStars — register for the Nepal Earthquake Relief, and follow the series of events similar to PokerStars' Dummy Tournaments, including transferring money to the account "Nepal Fund" or by visiting this special landing page just published at CARE International. Here your contribution can be made through Paypal and all the major credit cards.
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