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PlayItForward volunteers is an employee-led initiative where staff work together on projects that capture their hearts; doing their utmost to make our home an even better place for all.

Our volunteers come from various areas of the business, engaging with each other in a positive environment outside of work. Staff from different departments, professions and businesses work together to benefit the local community and be a force for positive change.

"We're on a mission to support our local community."

Volunteers at the National Triathlon National Triathlon Championships

National Triathlon Championships

Organised by the Manx Tri Club, over 100 participants took part in the Microgaming PlayItForward National Triathlon Championships. Our volunteers enjoyed cheering all the teams on, including our campus team that came 4th! Some volunteers had a busy weekend, as the event followed the day after the Douglas Soapbox Race.
Volunteers at the Douglas Soapbox Microgaming Soapbox Race

Microgaming Soapbox Race

Even rain can't stop our volunteers! On a typical wet and windy Saturday in September, the Microgaming Soapbox Race took place. A number of creative soapboxes took place in the race down Church Street. The proceeds from the event went to Hyperbaric Isle of Man, with Hyper the Hippo making an appearance on the day to help collect money with our PlayItForward volunteers.
Volunteer handing out medals at IOM Marathon Isle of Man Marathon and Half Marathon

Isle of Man Marathon and Half Marathon

Over 500 competitors turned up for the Isle of Man Marathon and Half Marathon in August, with both the runners and volunteers being put through their paces thanks to the weather! Our volunteers may have had an early start, but they enjoyed marshalling and supporting everyone, including the many members of staff that took part, and luckily the skies eventually cleared.
volunteers marshaling at the lighthouses challenge Lighthouses Challenge

Lighthouses Challenge

Our volunteers had fun setting up the start and finish line for this year's Lighthouses Challenge. The event, which has a British Cycling grading of 4 (which is pretty hard) took place in July, with the full course clocking in at a colossal 103 miles!
Volunteer taking part in the bubble rush Hospice Bubble Rush

Hospice Bubble Rush

Our brilliant volunteers helped out at this year's Bubble Rush in aid of Hospice Isle of Man, donating their time and energy on a rare sunny summer's day on the island. The team worked together to make sure that everyone was having a good time, handing out balloons to the runners and cheering them on from the side lines. As you can see, one of our volunteers even got in on the madness!

Volunteer skateboarding at community games Microgaming Community Games

Microgaming Community Games

Fourteen of our volunteers were out in force at the Microgaming Community Games. The event aims to help the island's youth discover various activities to keep active while having fun, with hundreds of kids (and our volunteers) getting involved in a number of different sports and activities on this sunny day in June.

Volunteers spotting at the Golf Day Charity Golf Day

Charity Golf Day

In May, we hosted our fourth annual Charity Golf Day at Castletown Golf Club. The charity golf day was a huge success, raising an incredible £15,000 for The Children's Centre, with 21 local business teams taking part. Our volunteers helped make the day a huge success, both on the day and in the days leading up to it, with more fun events going on well into the evening!
Cake baking volunteers and their cakes EDS Awareness Day Bake Sale

EDS Awareness Day Bake Sale

What can we say, we love to hold bake sales! Again, some of our talented bakers came together to make some sweet treats in aid of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Awareness Day. We raised £143.06 for a close friend of one of our employees who suffers from EDS to put towards treatment.
Volunteers and their cakes raising money for rock your socks Rock Your Socks Bake Sale

Rock Your Socks Bake Sale

For Wold Down Syndrome Day, our skilled campus bakers created some showstopping cakes, raising £202.65 that was donated to Down Syndrome Isle of Man.
Volunteers painting at ManxSPCA Helping at the ManxSPCA

Helping at the ManxSPCA

In March, our volunteers joined the ManxSPCA one Saturday, helping them paint fences, do some gardening and clean kennels. Nothing will phase our volunteers, not even the mini beast from the east!
 Century of Song Century of Song

Century of Song

The first mission of our volunteers was to support the Mayor and Mayoress of Douglas in raising funds and awareness for “Century of Song”.

Held at the Villa Marina in aid of the Mayoral Charity Appeal, to which Microgaming had already donated £3,000, Century of Song raised around £5,000 in support of three local charities: Manx DeCaf, Naseem’s Brain Tumour Charity and Anthony Nolan Friends Isle of Man. Our volunteers were more than happy to donate their free time to help with the promotion and administration of the event.

Volunteers Our Volunteers

Culture Ambassadors

Volunteers consist of Microgaming Culture Ambassadors who have made it their mission to get involved in community events on the island.

PlayItForward has never been short of people putting themselves forward to help out at events, largely because of the supportive culture nurtured across the business. Volunteers are taking their involvement to the next level, not only by helping out at events supported by PlayItForward, but also in building their own volunteering roadmap and spreading the word across the company and beyond.