Yesterday Olympic Casino set up a support fund for Avo Leok

Posted on 08.07.2005

On Tuesday, 5th July, Tennisegala 2005 (Tennis Gala 2005) after party was held at Reval Park Hotel&Casino, where Olympic Casino started a support fund for Avo Leok with their donation of almost 18,000 kroons. The casino’s charitable activities in support of Leok will continue at Õllesummer (beer festival) and culminate with a large charity party on the 21st July, where a check for the total amount collected will be handed over.
“Major part of the initial donation to the support fund for Avo Leok, which was set up by Olympic Casino, was raised through a charity auction held at Tennisegala after party. Several valuable items, such as a racket signed by Andres Võsandi, Rado watches, a hotel package, and other items, were sold at the auction,” said Marje Braunbrück, Olympic Casino’s marketing director. According to her, Olympic Casino is further collecting donations that go towards the fund at Õllesummer, where a charitable lottery is going to be held. Olympic Casino’s monthly charitable jackpot will also be added to the fund.

Avo Leok, one of Estonia’s best motocross riders, sustained a spinal injury from a heavy fall at the beginning of May during the Motocross World Championship round in the Netherlands. The accident left him paralysed from his waste down. According to the experts, Leok needs spinal surgery, which, if successful, enables the sportsman to start using his legs again.

Aivo Mälk from EMF, Eesti Mootorrattaspordi Föderatsioon (Estonian Motorcycling Federation), said that at the moment it is still unclear in which country and when Avo Leok will undergo the surgery. “Thanks to donors, we have now raised money for surgery, which costs approximately half a million kroons. The following rehabilitation costs about the same,” said Mälk. To collect donations for Avo Leok`s treatment, EMF has opened a bank account at SEB Eesti Ühispank: Sõmerpalu Motoklubi, account number 10220045604011, in the explanation field “Avo Leoki annetuseks” (donation for Avo Leok). The companies interested in supporting Avo Leok may contact EMF directly. “Every contribution is welcome,” added Mälk.

Olympic Entertainment Group, which began operating in 1993, has become the leader in the gambling industry in the Baltic States. The chain has fifteen casinos in Estonia, six in Lithuania, five in Latvia, and two in the Ukraine. In the Baltic States and the Ukraine, Olympic Casino employs more than 1000 people. The company operates in compliance with the requirements of the international quality standard ISO 9001. Olympic Casino also sponsors Eesti Olümpiakomitee (Estonian Olympic Committee).

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