Betting Giants Help Italian Earthquake Victims
Leading British bookmakers StanleyBet International have done their bit to help victims of an earthquake earlier this year in Italy’s Abruzzo region by donating €1.3 million towards construction of a new school in the village of Arista.
The funds donated by StanleyBet International – the largest contribution made so far by a foreign company – have been earmarked to reopen a primary school that was destroyed by the country’s worst earthquake for 30 years last April.
Expected to be completed by the start of the new term in 2010, the reconstructed facility will house 90 students across thirteen classrooms and allow children in the area to resume their education after an eight month absence from school.
John Whittaker, the managing director for StanleyBet, said of the donation: “We have very close links in Italy as well as employing a significant number of Italian nationals within our business. After such a tragic event, we felt it was incumbent on us to help in any way we could and, as a result, we decided to fund the rebuilding of the school.”
The Mayor for Arista, Enzo Lucci, meanwhile, was quick to praise StanleyBet for their charity, saying: “We are very grateful to StanleyBet for its generous contribution and making the new school a reality – it means that our children will now have a building in which to learn.”