Fundraising Halloween Party to Promote Blood Donation

Posted on 31.10.2005

Olympic Casino handed over a cheque in the amount of 26,045 kroons to the Association of Estonian Donors during a thematic Halloween party Night of the Vampires at Reval Park Hotel&Casinos this weekend. With this support, the non-profit association promoting blood donation will launch a project to prevent blood shortage in connection with traffic accidents.
Within the project launched with the Halloween funds, the Association of Estonian Donors will start producing reflex reflectors promoting blood donation and giving them away for free in all counties of Estonia with the help of volunteers. Kristiina Valgi-Kopti says that this action will hopefully reduce the risk of frequent collisions of vehicles and unlit pedestrians during dark season, and thus also reduce the need for blood due to traffic accidents.

People on the photo: Helen Tarmas, marketing manager of Olympic Casino,
and Kristiina Valgi-Kopti, the Chair of the Association of Estonian Donors.
At the back: Toomas “Blood” Puna and Rauno “Fang” Märks,
entertainers at Halloween party.

“We invite people to look after their own safety and use reflectors during dark season. At the same time we invite everyone who meets the donor requirements, and who is able to do so, to donate blood for the people in need,” Ms Valgi-Kopti explained the background for the campaign starting in November. “We are really grateful to Olympic Casino for their support, otherwise we would not have been able to launch the campaign due to shortage of funds,” she added.

The sum of 26,045 kroons to support the activities of the Association of Estonian Donors was raised at Olympic Casino Halloween party this Saturday, via a charity jackpot. Part of the sum came also from the party-goers who spinned the Wheel of Fortune, or had their fortunes told, or their faces painted. This year the entertainers were the re-united band Code One with a full-length live show, and Igor Pokutinsky, a magician. There were also various games and also a contest for the best fancy dress.

Olympic Casino organises charity parties once a month as an average. 29,970 kroons were raised during last year’s Halloween party, and then the funds went to Vääna Children and Youth Centre. This year, Olympic Casino has organised charity events to support large families and foster families; the rehabilitation of Avo Leok, an injured sportsman; the preparation for Olympic Games of Andrus Värnik; the restoration of lion’s sculpture in Löwenruh Park; the facial surgery of Žanna, an orphanage child; Pille Lill’s Musicians Support Foundation; the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Society; the creation of family centre at the Pelgulinna Maternity Clinic, and developing equestrian therapy in Estonia. More than 300,000 kroons have been donated to different charities this year.

Olympic Casino Eesti AS is a part of the Olympic Entertainment Group, the biggest gaming group in the Baltic States. It was established in 1993, and operates sixteen casinos in Estonia, seven in Lithuania, five in Latvia and four in Ukraine today. Olympic Casino employs more than 1,200 people in the Baltic States and Ukraine. The company runs its operations in accordance to the requirements of international quality standards ISO 9001. Olympic Casino is the sponsor of Estonian Olympic Committee.

Additional information:
Marje Braunbrück
Marketing manager of Olympic Entertainment Group
Phone +372 667 1250

Kristiina Valgi-Kopti
Chair of the Non-Profit Association of Estonian Donors
Phone + 372 508 9297

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