Gambling Industry Bursaries and Charity in the News — Weekly Round-up for January 25, 2019

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jan 25, 2019

Microgaming’s Education Bursary Making A Difference

Funds University bursaries for some of the brightest minds on the Isle of Man

Microgaming’s PlayItForward initiative partnered with the Isle of Man’s Department of Education, Sport and Culture in 2014 for the launch of the Microgaming Education Bursary which provides funding for exceptional students whose financial circumstances may not allow them to attend, or continue at, university.

To date, seven graduates have achieved their degrees under the scheme in disciplines ranging from Theoretical Physics with Mathematics, Law with Criminology, Primary Mathematics Education with QTS, Logic & Philosophy, LLB, Business Management and Outdoor Leadership and Activities.

Another five bursary recipients are currently in University taking degrees in Electronics and Computer Engineering, Forensic Psychology, Economics, Classical Civilisations and Business Management with Marketing.

“We believe the Isle of Man’s next generation of leaders, thinkers and creators should be given every opportunity to flourish, which is why we fund university bursaries for some of the brightest minds on the island.”

GalaBingo Raises GBP 200K For 52 Lives Charity

And extends partnership for a further two years

UK online bingo brand has extended its partnership with 52 Lives, a UK-based charity, for another two years.

GalaBingo has already raised GBP 218,818 for the UK-based charity whose aim is to change someone’s life every week.

The charity chooses a person in need each week from nominations submitted through its website and shares their story across online and social media channels. Supporters then spread the word and offer help where they can. supports the charity by hosting 52 Lives charity games every day at 7:30pm along with extra games on Sunday’s. All proceeds from these games are donated to the charity.

Karina Adrian, Head of Brand Marketing at, said: “We’re thrilled to be renewing our partnership with 52 Lives. They really do transform lives across the nation, and we look forward to another two years supporting this fantastic cause!”

“The community is such a supportive network and we’re extremely proud of the total raised so far. It’s wonderful to see the generosity of our players and we believe these games really are a fun way to raise money for those in need.”

52 Lives founder Jaime Thurston added: “We have been working with Gala Bingo for almost 3 years now, and in that time they have raised funds to help us to change the lives of thousands of people.”

“From the very big acts of kindness- such as buying essential medical equipment for seriously ill children and paying for life-saving operations – to the very small, such as buying a Christmas gift for an elderly person on their own – Gala Bingo has helped us to do it all. None of what we do would be possible without their on-going support.”

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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