Last weekend was our Remembrance weekend fixture and, once again, our match-worn poppy-branded shirts have gone under the hammer to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
And, as this week also marks Responsible Gambling Week 2019, our Principal Partner Casumo has promised to match the total sum raised by that shirt auction in a separate donation to charity GamCare.
Reading Football Club have signed up to support Responsible Gambling Week 2019, a public awareness campaign to trigger a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly.
Responsible Gambling Week 2019, which began on Thursday and ends on 13th November, is part of the industry’s year-round commitment to promote safer gambling.
More than 120,000 staff at thousands of gambling venues and online sites are taking part, and this marks the second consecutive year that clubs from the Premier League and English Football League are participating.
Our support has already been evident in the form of carrying the #RGWeek19 messages in our matchday programme, across social media and on our big screen and LED boards at Saturday’s home game.
Perhaps most noticeable to supporters, the Casumo logo will also change to its CasumoCares logo on the front of our first team shirts for our home match against Birmingham City at the start of next month.
The five key responsible gambling behaviours the week intends to promote are:
- Only spend what you can afford
- Set your limits for time and money
- Gambling is not the answer to any problem
- Gambling when angry or upset is not a good idea
- Gambling shouldn’t interfere with your personal relationships
The campaign is led by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, comprised of all the gambling trade associations, and in Ireland by the Irish Bookmakers Association. The objective is to trigger a national conversation about safer gambling, highlighting the tools, advice and help available to customers, and the initiatives being taken by operators to promote social responsibility.
Historically, our shirt auction for the Royal British Legion has raised thousands of pounds for a wonderful cause - and every penny will go towards providing lifelong support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.
Casumo’s commitment to match the donation for a responsible gambling charity, GamCare is a relevant one to so many - a cause which our Principal Partner holds very close to its heart.
Through its BigDeal programme, GamCare is an organisation which provides young people with information and support related to gambling, either for themselves or someone they care about.
Playing online casino, whether with Casumo or at any casino, is meant to be an entertaining and fun experience, but it can be easy to get carried away. Casumo believes that it is their responsibility to the gaming community to both educate and provide proactive support and information around problem gambling via its CasumoCares campaign.
John Hagan, chairman of the IGRG, said “We are delighted that Reading Football Club and Casumo are supporting Responsible Gambling Week. We want to take the message about safer gambling even further this year, and are confident this will be our biggest campaign yet. The continued engagement and support of football clubs is enormously helpful in highlighting the week and triggering a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly throughout the year.”
To find out more about Responsible Gambling Week, fans can visit www.responsiblegamblinguk.org and you can also see where Casumo’s cash will be going but visiting www.bigdeal.org.uk. More information about the measures Casumo takes to promote responsible gambling can also be found at www.casumocares.com
Meanwhile, supporters will soon be able to bid for the first team shirts worn at the weekend - keep your eyes peeled for news of the auction going live via updates on the club’s official website and social media channels.