Crowds of spectators showed up to watch the racers speed down Church Street for Hyperbaric IOM on Saturday 1 September.
A number of PlayItForward volunteers helped out on the day, taking care of drivers and collecting money with the Hyperbaric Hippo. Some of our volunteers even got behind the wheel of one of the cars (Keep CALM), and managed to finish fifth overall.
The winners of the race were team Generally, making their way down the course in an incredible 25.7 seconds!
A whopping £15,000 was raised for The Children's Centre on a spectacularly sunny day in Castletown.
After an excellent and challenging round, Chicks with Sticks came out on top with 107 points, closely followed by Coutts, who took second place with 106 points, and Newfield with 105 points in third.
A raffle and silent auction were also held at the end of the day, along with a competitive round of charity poker hosted by Microgaming, with prizes donated by the company.
On an amazing night raising money for Alzheimer's charities, PlayItForward sponsored the dinner at the Forget Me Not ball.
Organised by Alzheimer's Society Isle of Man and held at the Nunnery, the event not only raised awareness for the neurodegenerative disease, but was also a night filled with fun. Hosted by Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt, over £160,000 was raised on the night.
The MPN continued to Play It Forward during ICE 2018 with their Charity Poker Tournament and bingo game.
After battling it out over a number of hours, Alex Martin from Grosvenor Poker was crowned the Main Event winner. He chose Macmillan Cancer Trust as the recipient of a £3,000 donation. Two further charities received donations: British Red Cross (£2,000) and Sport Relief (£1,000), both chosen by Peter Marino who came second in the poker tournament and got full house on the bingo.
PlayItForward has teamed up with Toilet Twinning to help flush away poverty.
The Tearfund and Cord initiative helps keep women and girls safe when going to the toilet. All eighteen bathrooms on campus have been twinned with toilets in various locations around the world including Afghanistan and Uganda.
After a vote back in December, our fifth annual Gift of Giving raised another £30,000 for charities in four global regions.
Each of the charities this year have previously received donations from us through Gift of Giving, with Save the Rhino (Africa), a cause close to the hearts of our staff receiving £25,500 from Gift of Giving alone! The other charities that got the most votes were Women’s Refuge (Isle of Man), Teenage Cancer Trust (UK and Europe) and Médecins Sans Frontières (Rest of the World).
The initiative has now raised £150,000 to date for 13 different charities worldwide.
Staff were treated to an early Christmas gift when The Christmas Choir surprised everyone with a performance of popular Christmas carols.
Their fantastic singing brought festive cheer to the campus and gave Microgaming the opportunity to present two donations of £1,500 to The Walton Centre and MS Society Isle of Man, with representatives of each charity joining us on the day.
At the end of November, staff held a raffle to support the Eastcliffe Resource Industrial Centre (E.R.I.C) workshop to help raise money for a laser-cutting machine.
Tickets were £1 each and staff raised £200. As a thank you, E.R.I.C brought mistletoe and a wreath to Microgaming, which we greatly appreciated!
The lights of Sixty Two were turned pink to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Staff were also encouraged to wear something pink for Wear it Pink day on 20 October, and we surprised staff with pink cotton candy on the day.
Overall, nearly £500 was raised for Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer research company.
On Friday 29 September PlayItForward, in conjunction with the ‘Great Campus Bake Off’ hosted a cake and coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Members of staff brought in homemade baked goodies that were scoffed by staff, and over £300 was raised for the World's Biggest Coffee Morning. There were full tummies all round!
Our PlayItForward volunteers helped paint the promenade purple for Colour Me Rainbow!
On Sunday 16 July, Douglas Promenade exploded in colour during the fourth annual celebration supporting Hospice Isle of Man. Manning the purple station, we raised an impressive £473.29 selling the cornflour-based dye, and as you can see, we got on the purple bandwagon and joined in the fun!
Hospice Isle of Man provides specialised palliative care for patients with life-limiting illnesses and also helps the families of sufferers in their time of need.
Through PlayItForward, Microgaming sponsored the first ever Bubble Rush, which took place on 1 July, bringing the bubbles to Ramsey!
More than 650 people turned up on the sunny Saturday afternoon and many of our volunteers came out to help, handing out balloons to the participants and refreshments. The Bubble Rush was organised to mark 10 years of children's palliative care by Hospice Isle of Man and Rebecca House.
The Microgaming PlayItForward annual Charity Golf Day raised £8,006 for The Children’s Centre.
Twenty-one teams from local businesses swung into action, with each team battling it out to finish top after 18 holes. The inclusion of a ‘wild ball’, which could award double points along the course, added pressure to the teams, but also increased donations; teams had to pay £20 for each wild ball they lost!
After an excellent round, SMP 2 took first place with 116 points, followed by Old Mutual International and SMP 1 with 115 points.
Microgaming celebrated World Blood Donor Day, raising £725 for the Joey Dunlop Foundation, nominated by employees.
29 Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man employees signed up to the blood drive and in return, Microgaming PlayItForward agreed to donate £25 for every donor.
The Joey Dunlop Foundation, an Isle of Man registered charity, provides specialist accommodation to welcome people with disabilities visiting the island. Since its inception in 2001, the foundation has built wheelchair friendly accommodation that comes fully equipped for disabled guests and their families.
MPN Plays It Forward with Charity Poker Tournament at ICE 2017
During what was a busy three days for Microgaming at ICE Totally Gaming 2017, the MPN team enjoyed a charity poker tournament with Microgaming operators.
The charities were chosen by the winners of the tournament. Battling for over three hours, the Main Event winner was Alon from Crazy Vegas. He chose Teenage Cancer Trust as the recipient of a £3,000 donation. Save the Rhino also received £3,000, and The Children’s Centre and MS Society Isle of Man received £500 from side events.
Our fourth annual Gift of Giving raised £30,000 for charities in four global regions: Isle of Man, UK and Europe, Africa, and Rest of the World.
The campaign provides charity donations in lieu of Christmas gifts, with our key customers and contacts choosing where the donations go. The chosen charities in each region were Women’s Refuge (Isle of Man), Teenage Cancer Trust (UK and Europe), Save the Rhino (Africa) and Médecins Sans Frontières (Rest of the World), and each charity received a £7,500 donation.
Our Gift of Giving initiative has now raised £120,000 for 13 different charities worldwide!
On the 23 December 2016, the Mayor and Mayoress of Douglas, accompanied by their local choir friends, brought some extra festive cheer to MGS House after a gift-wrapped Roger had already made everyone smile!
The rousing group performance was a highlight of our Christmas Eve Eve, and it gave Microgaming the chance to present its £3,000 donation to the 2016-17 mayoral charity appeal, which supports three charities registered on the island: Anthony Nolan Isle of Man, Manx Decaf and Naseem’s Brain Tumour Charity.
Our third annual Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support raised over £420 for the charity.
Launched in 1990, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has generated over £138 million to date. Every penny raised for Macmillan goes towards helping cancer patients and their families receive the medical and emotional support they need.
We hosted our second blood drive of the year at MGS House in September.
Nurses from Noble’s Hospital set up camp in the office to take blood from 19 generous volunteers, including Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man employees.
Like earlier in the year, Microgaming matched each pint with a £25 contribution to charity. Rebecca House, a purpose-built facility at Hospice Isle of Man that provides essential care for children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, was selected at random to receive the £475 donation.
Hands down the most colourful event at Douglas Carnival, Colour Me Rainbow completed its third year of raising funds for Hospice Isle of Man in July 2016.
Hospice Isle of Man provides a hugely important service for the local community, delivering specialised palliative care for patients with life-limiting illnesses. The charity also helps the families of sufferers in their time of need. We have been on board with Colour Me Rainbow since its inception.
Not only did we ensure participants were covered head to toe in purple paint, but we also sold an impressive £233 of the cornflour-based dye from our station! Some of us even ran the gauntlet ourselves.
Organised by Shoprite and the Manx Road Club, the annual Cycle for Life TT Relay is a major sporting event on the island.
On Sunday 17 July, riders young and old took part in a series of cycling challenges to raise money for charity. This year’s beneficiaries were Tabitha’s Trust and the Manx Hockey Association.
For the fourth consecutive year, we sponsored the ‘Speed Merchant’ award for the fastest overall leg. And the team we entered won it (John Quinn set a blistering time)! With Microgaming Ambassador Joseph Ricciardi on our side, we also went on to collect the Isle of Man Creamery 'Schuss' prize for the fastest final leg (thanks to John Coleman) and the main team relay event!
We jumped at the chance to take part in the Black Grace Cowley Charity Karting Challenge for the second year running in July.
A team from Microgaming was joined by Derivco Isle of Man at the event, which pits local companies and groups against each other to raise money for charity.
Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man put on an excellent show, finishing second and third respectively. Team Microgaming also came second in the inaugural race last year.
We are always happy to support KPMG and their extensive charity work, not least as a corporate sponsor of the KPMG Promenade Relay.
Team PlayItForward entered the event on 24 May and were joined by individual runners from Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man. The 10K relay course and 5K solo provide a stiff test of endurance and character.
In 2014, our sponsorship of the event helped to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. In 2015, donations went to the Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man. This year's beneficiary was Wish Upon a Dream, an Isle of Man registered charity that grants wishes to sick and gravely ill children living on the island.
This epic round-island relay is now a regular fixture on our calendar.
Team PlayItForward finished the gruelling 98-mile circuit in an impressive seventh place (out of 24 teams). Organised in aid of The Children’s Centre, which provides charitable services for local children, young people and families, the annual race begins and ends in Peel. Runners set off at dawn along Raad ny Foillan, the Isle of Man’s coastal footpath, with the aim of returning as quickly as possible before the sun sets.
The Children’s Centre is such a deserving charity and Race the Sun is one of our favourite races of the year. One day we will win it!
Our second charity golf event took place on a challenging day in May, but the unseasonably windy, rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of those involved.
Following our success with the Microgaming Manx Cancer Help Golf Day two years earlier, we sought to organise another memorable event, this time at Castletown Golf Club. 18 local business teams clubbed together in aid of the Isle of Man MS Society, raising more than £6,000 for the charity.
Spot prizes were awarded to players for achievements such as the longest drive on the 12th and a hole in one on the 16th, but nobody claimed the star prize of a brand new Mini One, which was generously made available by BMW Buchanan.
MGS House turned red in May to mark the end of International Red Cross Week.
Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man staff wore something red and paid a small donation for the privilege. Even those who didn’t dress for the occasion contributed to the fund.
Dress Red Day was established to raise much-needed cash for the Isle of Man Red Cross, which provides a fantastic service in the local community, transporting almost 10,000 people to Noble’s Hospital clinics in 2015 and carrying out a number of other important health-related functions.
Our third year of Wellness Week, a workplace initiative designed to promote healthy living, saw us give blood and money to charity.
The first MGS House blood drive encouraged 28 employees from Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man to donate a pint of their blood. A team of nurses from Noble’s Hospital dropped by the office to carry out the good deed.
Microgaming offered to match the generosity of staff with a donation of £25 per donor to the Isle of Man branch of Alzheimer’s Society. That meant £700 and 28 pints of blood were raised for charity.
A bake sale at MGS House in May helped Leah Crowe, a Microgaming Bursary recipient and second-year primary education student at Edge Hill University, raise over £260 for Ankoma Outreach.
Leah was raising money to pay for supplies at a school she would teach at later in the year while volunteering in Ghana. She had already collected more than £400 to help fund the construction of a primary school in the village of Ohema before we helped out.
Our contribution to Leah’s mission was a small one driven by members of staff at Microgaming and Derivco Isle of Man who baked and bought delicious treats for this great cause.
In March, staff at MGS House organised an Easter bake off in aid of Sport Relief.
The incentive was to bake the most delicious and spectacular seasonal baked treat, as judged by those who paid for a slice or two (or three or four). Competition was unsurprisingly fierce, and the standard of baking was exceptional, with plenty of silly and sublime show-stoppers on display.
When the crumbs settled after a busy day of judging, Carolyn Barrett’s bunny-and-carrot masterpiece (not pictured) won the vote, and over £200 had been raised for Sport Relief.
In January 2016, we made a donation of £5,000 to the Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust.
The Manx-registered charity was founded in 1998 to provide ‘hospice at home’ care for island residents suffering from life-limiting illnesses. More than 1,400 hours of professional nursing is provided every year at no cost to patients or their families. This vital service is funded entirely by charitable donations.
Our donation of £5,000, which helped to secure the provision of additional nursing care in 2016, matched the proceeds of a charity poker tournament organised by Microgaming two years earlier at The Claremont Hotel.
In our third year of giving charity donations in lieu of gifts, we raised an incredible £30,000 for good causes in four global regions: Isle of Man, UK and Europe, Africa, and Rest of the World.
In December 2015, our clients were asked to vote for one of several charities in their region. As in previous years, 25 per cent of the fund was allocated to the charity that received the highest number of votes in each region. Wish Upon a Dream (Isle of Man), CLIC Sargent (UK and Europe), Save the Rhino (Africa) and Cure Cancer Australia (Rest of the World) each received a donation of £7,500 in early 2016.
Under our Gift of Giving initiative, we have now donated a total of £90,000 to eleven different charities worldwide.