Poker for Charity (PoCA) Chairman David Nixon recently presented a cheque for $35,000 to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Foundation to complete fundraising towards the purchase of an opthalmic microscope, which will be used to diagnose and treat eye diseases in WA kids at the state’s only specialist children’s hospital.
PMH Foundation Chief Executive Denys Pearce said the generous support of the Poker for Charity Association was essential in enabling the Foundation to provide equipment, which will brighten the future of many WA kids.
“The total cost of an ophthalmic microscope is nearly $240,000 and with this generous contribution from the Poker for Charity Association we will be able to purchase one shortly,” he said.
Poker for Charity Association Public Relations Director Ron Gibson said the PMH Foundation was deemed a very worthy cause for the large donation. Together with the WA Poker League, the Poker for Charity Association of WA regularly hosts poker events around the state to raise funds for charity.
“All the money was raised through fun, friendly and professional poker games around the state and we want to make sure it’s invested back into the health and welfare of the community,” he said.
“We chose to donate to the PMH Foundation because we knew the money raised would go specifically towards the purchase of the opthalmic microscope.”
The PMH Foundation was established in 1998, and has provided Princess Margaret Hospital with more than $35 million in grants to fund life-saving research and capital projects. It is estimated that the PMH Foundation has funded close to a quarter of the equipment currently used by the hospital.
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