SEATTLE, Washington — On Could 9, 2020, the nonprofit Care Worldwide partnered with Pokerstars to carry a celeb invitational on-line poker event. 2020 is the sixth 12 months that the Care Worldwide Celeb Poker Recreation will fund humanitarian support. Ninety celebrities attended the occasion and donated greater than $1 million to varied charity organizations. Half of the proceeds from the occasion went to Care Worldwide, and the opposite half went to charities chosen by the winners of the event. For every celeb in attendance, $10,000 contributed to COVID-19 emergency reduction funds.
Celebrities donated to a wide range of organizations and causes, together with neonatal well being care, poverty, local weather change and social justice. Actor David Costabile gained the most important prize of $100,000, which he donated to the World Central Kitchen (WCK). Though many charities benefitted from the occasion, Care Worldwide and WCK gained probably the most funding.
Care Worldwide: Champions of the Poor
Care Worldwide is a nonprofit group devoted to saving lives, eradicating poverty and championing social justice worldwide. The group started because the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe (CARE) in 1946. Since then, Care Worldwide shifted focus from solely serving to Europe to offering support and reduction to everybody across the globe. The group works to perform its objectives by concentrating on 5 particular areas: meals safety and local weather change resilience, emergency reduction and support, freedom from violence, girls’s financial empowerment and reproductive rights.
In 2018, Care Worldwide labored in 95 nations to strengthen gender equality, promote inclusive governance and deal with the basis causes of worldwide poverty. The group launched 965 tasks that helped 56 million folks. It managed to affect 340 million folks via advocacy work, training and different organizations. These tasks embody work akin to empowering villagers to barter with employers and landowners for greater wages, serving to to implement sustainable farming practices to stop droughts and offering 2.6 million girls entry to basic rights akin to employment and training.
World Central Kitchen Cooks Battle World Starvation
World Central Kitchen (WCK) is a nonprofit based in 2010. WCK’s mission is to make sure folks all over the world “at all times have a heat meal, an encouraging phrase and a serving to hand throughout exhausting occasions.” Searching for to eradicate world starvation, WCK offers emergency reduction to these affected by disasters. It additionally offers sufficient cooking expertise and coaching for people in low-income and rural areas to organize wholesome and sustainable meals. WCK works via a wide range of totally different initiatives, akin to Clear Cooking and Plow to Plate.
Greater than 4 million folks die yearly from well being points brought on by unsafe cooking supplies. Clear Cooking is an initiative that works to put in sinks with clear water and transition cooks from cooking on wood-burning stoves to cooking with liquid propane fuel as a substitute. WCK has “constructed or renovated 150 college and different group kitchens” via the initiative.
Plow to Plate is a program that funds small companies, farmers and fisheries to advertise financial independence, stability and clear consuming in Central America and the Caribbean. By way of this system, farmers and businesspeople not solely obtain funding but in addition achieve entry to coaching and a cross-cultural community of cooks. This system gifted 80 grantees with greater than $1.three million.
There are greater than 820 million hungry folks on this planet at the moment. 600 million folks on this planet live on lower than $2 a day. These numbers could appear daunting, however with the funds raised from the Care Worldwide Celeb Poker Recreation, organizations like World Central Kitchen can proceed to combat to convey these numbers down.
– Tiara Wilson