ISLE OF MAN – This month marks a year since Microgaming PlayItForward officially launched a dedicated space for employees to nominate and vote for worthy causes close to their hearts, which has resulted in more than £50,000 in total charitable donations.
Now in its fifth year, and continuing to support communities in areas such as health, charity, education and sport, PlayItForward is the corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme of Microgaming, one of the online gaming industry’s leading software suppliers.
In April 2018, the award-winning technology company unveiled its employee-driven charitable voting scheme at its headquarters in Douglas, Isle of Man. Aiming to drive employee engagement with the CSR programme, the staff-led initiative provides a dedicated space for staff to nominate the causes that they would like to see receive support from PlayItForward, which has attracted over 4,000 votes to date.
Some of the charities that have so far directly benefited through the PlayItForward Wall include Isle of Man-based organisations The Family Library, Douglas Coal Fund, Cruse Bereavement Care, Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity, Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation, Isle of Play, The Arts Hub, Aid Rescue, Live At Home, and Traa dy Liooar.
Staff also voted to support Manx-registered Bridge the Gap, which helps improve facilities and support for teenagers and young adults with long-term health needs, and PhysioNet, which distributes unwanted wheelchairs and other mobility equipment to disabled people in developing countries. In addition, PlayItFoward donations helped to fund a class at The Arts Hub and will assist Isle of Play in purchasing a new vehicle to transport and store all the play equipment.
PlayItForward not only supports charities and organisations with their work, but also individuals in need of a helping hand. Following a staff nomination in December, local resident Joseph Fleming received support to assist with the purchase of a replacement wheelchair.