Foundation Donation

Gamesys Foundation, the independent charity created and funded by Gamesys Group plc, has awarded a three-year grant of £150,000 to Motiv8. The grant will help provide counselling, advice, education and mental health services to those who are affected by addiction, either directly or indirectly through a friend or family member. The services are available for any type of addiction, including alcohol, drugs and gambling, and are provided free of charge.

Motiv8 CEO Thea Ozenturk said: ‘This generous grant from the Gamesys Foundation will cover a significant proportion of the funding we need to raise each year to provide our services. It is especially welcome after the increase in demand we have seen due to the covid lockdowns.”

Ben Wood , Managing Director, Gamesys Isle of Man added: ‘We are delighted that the Gamesys Foundation is supporting Motiv8 and the valuable work it carries out on the Isle of Man. The Foundation Trustees were keen to support a suitable local initiative following the opening of the new Gamesys Group office on the island. In particular, we are proud to be associated with a charity that supports the main focus of the Foundation, which is to preserve and protect the wellbeing of individuals suffering from mental health issues, and we will also be working closely with Motiv8 to see how we can offer practical support.’

Coast to Coast

Sight Matters has announced that this year’s community Coast to Coast Walk on Sunday September 5 will be sponsored by online business directory Find Us On Web. The route is from Douglas to Peel via the Heritage Trail, with an alternative shorter walk starting at St John’s. It’s approximately 12 miles and starts at 1.30pm with check-in from 12pm at the NSC. Check-in for the shorter three-mile route will open at 2.45pm at St John’s School car park, with walkers anticipated to set off at 3.30pm

Debbie Thomson, Sight Matters Volunteer & Community Services Lead, said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Find Us On Web as the 2021 Coast to Coast Walk sponsor. Its generous support means that every penny raised can go to our charity and help support blind and visually impaired people in the Isle of Man. There’s just a few days to go until the closing date on Friday. We’ve had hundreds of people register already and we’d welcome as many extra participants as possible to make the event bigger and better than ever – so sign up today!’

Santosh Mishra from Find Us On Web added: ‘We jumped at the opportunity to support this popular community event. It’s sure to be a great afternoon in the stunning Manx countryside enjoying fresh air and exercise, and also a lovely social way to support the island’s blind and visually impaired community. We wish all the participants a super time!’

For more information and to download a registration and sponsorship form, visit: www.mbws.org.im/vision-awareness-week/coast-to-coast/. Hard copies are also available from the charity’s Corrin Court headquarters in Onchan or The VIP Store in Strand Street, Douglas. The entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.

Equal Pay

Ireland’s FA has announced that it’s senior mens and womens teams will be paid the same per international game. Ireland joins England, Brazil, Australia, Norway and New Zealand in paying their female and male footballers equally for representing their nation. An FAI statement read: ‘The men’s squad have agreed to reduce their international fees, with the FAI matching their contribution to ensure that the Senior Women’s team match fee is increased and all male and female players receive the same match fee from the September international window onwards.’

Afghanistan

There have been so many grim and brutal stories about Afghanistan in recent weeks we thought it was worth sharing some good news for a change. With a UK bound refugee flight cruising through the skies, a sudden appeal went out asking if there was a doctor on board, not because of someone falling ill but because one of the women on board had gone into labour. When no doctor could be found, the crew of the Turkish Airlines jet stepped in to act as midwives. The flight landed in Kuwait as a precautionary measure and mother and baby were deemed healthy enough to carry on to the UK. The baby girl, named Havva, which translates as Eve in English, is Soman and her 30-year-old husband Taj Moh Hammat’s third child. The flight later landed in Birmingham at 11.45am on Saturday.

Milan Miracle

Throughout the weekend an inferno ripped through an 18 storey tower block in Milan leaving many to instantly remember the tragedy of the Grenfell fire in London which claimed the lives of 72. However, Mayor Beppe Sala, while demanding answers as to why a building less than 10 years old was gutted by the fire which witnesses said ‘melted’ the cladding attached to it, he also said there are currently no reports of deaths resulting from the fire which given the state of the building that remains is little more than miraculous. Mr Sala told the Italian press: ‘We are sure that there was time to get out, but until the controls are finished, we cannot be entirely sure.’

(Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images)

Viva Ronaldo

The second coming is indeed complete. Cristiano Ronaldo has completed his return to Old Trafford after Man Utd reached a deal with Juventus that sees the Portuguese icon return to the club where he made his name. Ronaldo has said of the transfer: ‘Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday. I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again.’ While Ronaldo’s return is great news for United fans, it is also good news for all Premier League fans who want to see the world’s greatest players plying their trade in the UK. However he will have to wait for his comeback as the players are off on international duties for the next fortnight with United’s next game coming at home to Newcastle on September 11 at 3pm.

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