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Ukraine Hospitals Appeal: Supporting the Medics and Helping the Wounded in Ukraine

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Global non-profit foundations join efforts with the renowned neurosurgeon and philanthropist Dr. Owase Jeelani to raise €1M and help The Children’s Hospital in Lviv, Ukraine.

Ukrainian-born Parimatch Foundation has joined forces with WeHelpUkrainians (formerly Mangalakara Foundation) and prominent British doctors in a new initiative to provide medical aid in Ukraine. The Ukraine Hospitals Appeal coalition aims to raise money and provide medical aid for the local hospitals saving the lives of Ukrainian kids. The effort aims to raise €1,000,000. The initiative is supported by Dr. Owase Jeelani, BMed.Sci (Hons), BMBS, MRCS, MBA, MPhil (Medical Law), FRCS (NeuroSurg.) — a world-renowned Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and director of the charity, Gemini Untwined.

Parimatch Foundation is raising awareness of the Ukrainian struggle among the partners in the UK and EU, raises money to purchase the critically necessary medical supplies, communicates with the hospitals, and arranges the delivery of medical equipment across Ukraine. WeHelpUkrainians are helping with locating and arranging the delivery of necessary supplies and equipment from Europe to Ukraine.

The initiative’s mission is to cover three main directions:

Raising funds to support The Children’s Hospital in Lviv, as a pilot hospital of the project;

Empower local medical teams to deliver by setting up cloud-based communication channels with UK-based healthcare teams;

Providing doctors and nurses, medical equipment and supplies for hospitals and ambulances in Ukraine;

The Ukraine Hospitals Appeal initiative was already supported by multiple UK partners, who purchased and transferred the necessary medical equipment worth €250,000 to The Children’s Hospital in Lviv.

“Since the beginning of the war, we are looking for ways to help injured children survive, and exploring the opportunities to support Ukrainian doctors and nurses. Lviv and other cities in the west of Ukraine turned into the humanitarian and logistical hubs dedicated to saving lives and welcoming the internally displaced persons. I am thankful to our British friends who heard our call for help and joined forces with us. We launched this fundraiser, united with medical experts, and received support from our caring partners across the world to save the Ukrainian children and women. We urge everybody in the free civilised world to join our efforts.”

Katerina Biloruska, Chairwoman of Parimatch Foundation

“Humanity is one, we are one global family. We must rise to help the children, people in Ukraine in their hour of need. For only then can and should we expect others to help our children and us in our hour of need. We work towards a concerted global response to minimise this tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, in front of our eyes. We hope that global consciousness is raised enough so as to prevent further such tragedies; we are all one people.”

Dr. Owase Jeelani, BMed.Sci (Hons), BMBS, MRCS, MBA, MPhil (Medical Law), FRCS (NeuroSurg.)

“Each day that passes in Ukraine’s fight for freedom, the human cost mounts and the extent of the tragedy becomes clearer. As child casualties climb, we must do everything we can to support those working tirelessly to save as many bright futures as possible. The doctors and nurses of the Children’s Hospital in Lviv are working around the clock and doing a truly incredible job. We are proud to support them.”

James Heart, Trustee of WeHelpUkrainians (formerly Mangalakara Foundation)

The fundraiser and more details on the Ukraine Hospitals Appeal initiative is available via the link:

ukrainehospitalsappeal.org

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Bacta to host Social Responsibility Exchange in November

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Bacta will host its annual Social Responsibility Exchange at the County Hall in London on Thursday 22nd November, the trade body announced today. The event will provide members with an opportunity to share best practice tactics and strategies around Social Responsibility.

The event will be introduced by Elizabeth Speech, chair of bacta’s Social Responsibility Committee. YGAM and GamCare will also be speaking at the event alongside Social Responsibility updates from the Gambling Commission.

Bacta Membership, SR and Compliance Manager Russell Edge said: “Our Social Responsibility Exchange will allow members to hear crucial updates on Social Responsibility from the likes of the Gambling Commission, YGAM and GamCare.

“The day-long event will also provide a structured forum for discussion around the tactics and strategies bacta members are employing across the country.

“Ultimately, we hope members leave the event knowing more about Social Responsibility and having exchanged their knowledge where they can.”

 

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Massive News for the Esports Industry with Potential Inclusion in the Commonwealth Games

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Esports is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and there’s no limit to how big it could become. It’s already breached a valuation of $1 billion, and it’s expected to grow to $13.05 billion by 2025.

One of the greatest indicators that competitive gaming is going mainstream is the fact that it has been recognised by the Commonwealth Games. Indeed, it is expected to be included when the event takes place in Victoria in 2026.

Test Run Has Already Taken Place

A few years ago, the thought of seeing Esports at the Commonwealth Games would have been laughable. Now, it is a realistic prospect. It was recently reported that a dry run of the Commonwealth Esports Championships was held in Birmingham, England, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games to see if this type of competitive action could be included as an official event in 2026. It went well and garnered positive feedback from the people involved.

The Victoria edition of the Commonwealth Games is set to take place in 2026, with 16 sports already confirmed. However, the organisers are hoping to add more to the schedule with Esports being strongly considered. Competitive gaming has proven to be a popular spectator sport, with more people tuning in to watch it every year. By 2026, there could be close to a billion people watching Esports, meaning that it would be a popular inclusion at a major event.

Esports has been referred to as the “new sporting frontier,” and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it gaining even more credibility in the next decade. Even the world’s biggest traditional sports had to start somewhere. Football and cricket are now well-established and loved the world over, and there’s nothing stopping Esports from following a similar trajectory.

How Will This Affect Related Industries?

With the Commonwealth Games set to take place in Australia next time, the country could be in a prime position to capitalise on the inclusion of Esports. Part of the success of competitive gaming up to this point has been thanks to related industries pushing it, along with big name companies striking sponsorship deals. Australian companies, therefore, will most certainly seek to capitalise in 2026.

The betting industry was built around traditional sports, and it is now a behemoth industry around the world. In Australia, online betting is so popular that there are countless sites vying for bettors’ attention. Indeed, there are so many to sift through that people turn to comparison sites that list the best ones based on their offers and ratings. Bettors simply scroll through and then click a link to be taken directly to a site.

Many of these online sportsbooks are already offering eSports betting, and the number of markets available is only set to rise in the future. When the Commonwealth Games rolls around, betting sites could benefit from special offers. They may also start to have a greater focus on Esports, thus drawing more attention to the competitive gaming industry.

Esports at the Commonwealth Games isn’t just huge news for the industry itself, but it’s a great move for related industries. Australian companies are set to benefit in 2026, with the betting industry being in a particularly strong position to take advantage.

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Nigma Galaxy female CS:GO Champions: New docu-series follows rise to becoming champions

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This Sunday 14th, Nigma Galaxy is set to release the first episode of their new docu-series, Jiggy Biggy Best: A CS:GO Story, which follows their hugely successful female CS:GO team and their journey to becoming champions at two major tournaments this year.

The first instalment of the series will be launching on Nigma Galaxy’s YouTube channel at 1pm CEST on Sunday. You can find more information below, in case the team’s story would be of interest to your editorial plan:

  • Fans will get a behind the scene glimpse into the female Nigma Galaxy CS:GO team preparing for two of the biggest tournaments of their careers – ESL Impact League Season 1 in Dallas to the stand-alone ESL Impact tournament in Valencia
  • The docu-series also offers an exclusive peek into the teams journey to the top – their training regime, team cohesion and a deeper dive into the world of female esports
  • Uncover the dedication and support Nigma Galaxy have placed on the competitive female esports scene, one of the fastest-growing sub-genres in the industry
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