Online gambling operator Betway announced that the English Federation of Disability Sport will be its official charity in 2016. The first initiative as part of the partnership is slated to take place this weekend when employees of the gaming company will be competing in the Silverstone Half Marathon. Their goal will be to raise the amount of £25,000 for this year.
Betway said that the money that will be raised at the half marathon will be used for the provision of much-needed financial support to the EFDS-run Inclusive Fitness Initiative, known to be helping disabled people be active in their area of residence.
Apart from its participation in the Sivlerstone Half Marathon, Betway has also promised to participate in a number of other related charity events in the months to come in order to support the EFDS and its work. The events will include various internal team competitions to be held in the upcoming few months.
Commenting on their choice of charity for the year, Richard Akitt, CEO of Betway, said that the EFDS’ work is particularly important to the well-being of thousands of disabled people across the United Kingdom and that they are extremely proud with the opportunity to work with the federation and those involved in it.
Mr. Akitt further noted that Betway’s employees are all “sport fanatics” and are looking forward to competing against each other in a bid to aid the EFDS in its work. The executive concluded that their choice to work with the federation will result in an exciting and rewarding year for his company and the people employed in it.
EFDS Chief Executive Barry Horne said that Betway and the other similar companies that choose the federation to work with enable it to increase and diversify opportunities for disabled people and make their lives active. Mr. Horne added that disabled people are not half as active as non-disabled ones and it is their main goal to change this through their Inclusive Fitness Initiative and to break down the common barriers disabled people face each and every day.
The executive thanked the gambling operator for choosing the EFDS as its official charity for 2016 and said that he is looking forward to a fun and rewarding year.