We at Playtech are passionate about bringing our time, skills and dedication to the communities where we live and work by becoming involved in charitable and volunteering initiatives. Through contributions of time, skills, and money our aim is to collectively make a difference in the local community. To provide a longstanding positive social impact, we also have a Community Investment Program in place.
While the COVID-19 crisis has created a significant demand for much needed support, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and giving back to our community is now as important as ever to Playtech.
In today’s circumstances, work and school have been forced to operate remotely, which has sky-rocketed the demand for IT equipment to continue working and learning online. To support local pandemic relief efforts, on April 3rd Playtech Estonia donated 10 000€ to the charity fund MTÜ Igavene Heategu for buying used and restored laptops for large and low-income Estonian families with very limited or no access to a computer at home.
As all the students in Estonia are officially home-schooled for an unknown period of time, hundreds of students face falling behind the curriculum without the possibility to use a computer for schoolwork. Thanks to the initiative Igale Koolilapsele Arvuti, the needs of the families are mapped and confirmed by local municipalities, social workers, school representatives, Estonian Union for Child Welfare and Estonian Association of Large Families. To provide our helping hand to 67 families with no working computer or less than one computer per three students so they can keep up with their schoolwork, a laptop for each home was sent out on April 8th.
But the current times of uncertainty and health threats also impose a heavy workload on medical care that is in serious need of laptops to increase its digital and remote working capabilities. Today, General Practitioners face an ever-increasing need for help from patients that can be alleviated by setting up online consultations and e-mail counselling. To help Family Practitioners boost the number of doctors serving patients remotely, we donated 5 laptops to Eesti Perearstide Selts.
Put together, these 72 laptops donated serve as our contribution to help us all adjust to this new working and learning model.