Olympic Casino supports disabled Estonian athletes at the 2004 Special Olympics

Posted on 18.02.2004

On February 14, Valentine's Day, Olympic Casino Reval Park Hotel&Casino organizes a charity party starting at 9 pm to support the Estonian Union of Sports for the Disabled. Profits gathered during the event will go to support the participation of Estonian disabled athletes at the 2004 Special Olympics.
The Estonian Union of Sports for the Disabled plans to go to the 2004 Special Olympics taking place in Athens with three athletes: shooter Helmut Mänd, swimmer Kardo Ploomipuu, who is still a little short of the qualification time, and weightlifter Aleksander Koroljov, who won a silver medal at the European Championships held in Slovakia in 2003.

According to Olympic Casino's marketing director Marje Braunbrück, Olympic Casino and the Estonian Union of Sports for the Disabled have been cooperating already since 2001. “For example, in 2002, we supported the participation of the Estonian sled hockey team at the Salt Lake City Special Olympic preliminary tournament and final event,” noted Braunbrück.

“The contract signed with Olympic Casino increases our feeling of confidence when preparing the disabled athletes for the grand events,” said Signe Falkenberg, the chief secretary of the Estonian Union of Sports for the Disabled. “Thanks to the annual support we dare to plan training sessions and competitions. We also hope that Olympic Casino is a trailblazer to others, showing that disabled sports are also worth supporting,” she added.

Marje Braunbrück explained that the donation made to the Estonian Union of Sports for the Disabled has this time been collected during January with a special charity jackpot that receives money from every bet made on a slot machine. The charity check will be accepted by Siiri Oviir, the chairman of board of the Estonian Union of Sports for the Disabled.

Everyone can make a donation for the disabled athletes by purchasing a 50-kroon ticket to the Valentine's Day party, the purchase is strictly voluntary. Donators will receive a small gift from the casino as a token of appreciation. Disabled athletes can also be supported by participating in the charity lottery or spinning the charity roulette wheel. An exclusive sauna package for ten at the Reval Hotel Olümpia will be played out between all guests right before midnight. Entertainment is provided at the charity party by the band Smilers.

Olympic Casino Group started in 1993 and is currently the largest gaming operator in the Baltics. Today, the chain already includes fourteen casinos in Estonia, four in Lithuania and one in Latvia. Olympic Casino Group AS provides work for over 400 people in Estonia. The company's activities are compliant with the requirements of ISO 9001, the international quality standard.

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