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A Royal Charity-Flush for Duduza tornado victims

15 September 2012

Emperors Palace will play host to the internationally acclaimed World Poker Tour (WPT) in October this year that will include a spectacular WPT Charity Poker Tournament on 21 October, aimed at raising much-needed funds for the tornado victims of the East Rand’s Duduza informal settlement.

South African stars of the sporting and entertainment world will face off against some of the world’s greatest poker faces to raise funds for the Duduza informal settlement, who are still assisting the community to restore their lives and livelihoods following the damage caused by the tornado.

Emperors Palace began supporting the tornado victims in November 2011 with the hand-out of R150 000 worth of essential items including powder milk, disposable nappies, bottled baby food and school bags. Around 250 children and their families were assisted through this disaster relief programme.

Peermont Corporate Affairs and CSI Executive, Vusi Zwane commented “This Charity Poker event will not only showcase the WPT, a tournament that will be held in the southern hemisphere for the first time, but will also raise the status of the plight of victims of natural disasters, such as the Duduza community, who lost so much during this devastating event. As with the Hurricane Katrina phenomenon in the US, it can take many years for families to rebuild their lives.”

The WPT Charity Tournament is scheduled to take place on 21 October 2012 with a $200 donation required for entry. The total entry fees, up to a value of R100 000 will be matched rand for rand by the Peermont Community Benefit Trust. “We will be able to raise substantial funds from the event which will allow us to make a real difference to this devastated community,” added Zwane. 

Peermont, through its various trusts and community development initiatives, spends in excess of R30 million uplifting communities annually.

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