LAPT Viña del Mar: A helping hand

March 23, 2012

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Poker and charity go hand in hand and the LAPT is no stranger to giving back.

In Costa Rica, Humberto Brenes set up a fund to help stop illegal shark finning. In Mar del Plata, the LAPT donated two ambulances to the local hospital.

And more recently, the kids have been benefitting from poker.

PokerStars has teamed up with Children Incorporated to help impoverished children across Latin America.

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Last season, the LAPT raised around $200,000 and helped more than 800 children.

The capacity of a nursery in Brazil was doubled, giving a home to children who were removed from their homes by courts. In Peru, equipment was provided for an English language learning center and more 270 children have been sponsored for two years thanks to funding from PokerStars and players.

And as the LAPT grows, so does support for the children.

Despite being home to some of the most beautiful locations in the world, some areas of Latin America can be a place riddled with violence and poverty.

LAPT president, David Carrion, informed players that for just $336, they can change a child’s life.

This small donation will sponsor a child for one year, providing food, clothing and school supplies.

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A few of the 270 faces helped by PokerStars and LAPT players

But there’s no need to stop at $336, double it and sponsor two kids! Or you can donate to the annual support fund.

This year, PokerStars and Children Incorporated are working with partner organizations in Mexico to help develop a community center to give children and teenagers an alternative to street life and gangs.

For more information on Children Incorporated you can visit their website.

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