Online Bingo Charity Games Increasing

For decades the game of bingo has been closely associated with churches and charities.  Many charitable and veterans groups depend on bingo for operating expenses and funding special programs. At one Ohio Parish bingo games enabled the parish parochial school to keep tuition affordable and financed several scholarships. For some reason online bingo operators have been slow to launch special charity bingo games but that may change. Two years ago US President Obama’s stepmother, who lives in the UK, hosted a special series of online bingo games for a well known charity. The games hosted by Kezia Obama were able to donate about thirty thousand pounds to the Sue Ryder Charity. The Sue Ryder Charity helps those suffering from cancer and is one of the most highly respected charities in the UK.

Online bingo is a very lucrative business and generates about $2 billion dollars annually. Industry observers say that internet charity bingo games are on the increase in the United Kingdom. One of the largest bingo operators in the UK, Mecca, has held several charity bingo games to benefit the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. The Rank Group Plc, which operates Mecca, has been able to donate over £500,000 pounds. The Marie Curie Cancer Care organization provides free care to those suffering from terminal cancer. Marie Curie nurses enable terminal patients to stay at home with loved ones during their last days. Mecca Bingo has informed the organization that they will be supporting them with more charity bingo games in 2012.

A few online bingo sites have special virtual bingo rooms with games targeted for specific charities. There are also online bingo sites totally devoted to raising money for charities. Online bingo sites devoted to charity include Bingo Giving and Pink Ribbon Bingo. Pink Ribbon Bingo has partnered with Breakthrough Breast Cancer to raise money and awareness for breast cancer causes. The site donates a percentage of its profits and players can donate a portion of their winnings. Bingo Giving gives players the ability to donate to a variety of charities. The site selects a different charity each month and the charities are chosen by the players. Past charities include the Rainbow Trust and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. (NSPCC)

Online bingo players have donated millions to various charities and charity bingo is becoming more popular. Many in the industry expect most of the major bingo brands to launch charity online bingo games. Today players that want to donate to charities can now do so from the comfort and privacy of their own homes.

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