PMA: Hachem all-in for new charity poker event

The Joe Hachem Shooting Star Invitational Poker Challenge is a new corporate poker tournament focusing on raising funds for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). A cause close to the heart of Hachem, the event will be held on October 14 at Crown Casino’s Studio 3.

This exclusive high profile event will boast the poker playing talents of internationally and nationally recognised celebrities and a few privileged corporate sponsors luckily enough to secure one of the key spots at the tables.

Hachem said Aspect is an amazing organisation committed to building confidence and capacity in people with autism disorders like his cousin Dib. “It also helps provide information, education and support for the families involved. This is why I have chosen them to be my charity of choice for the Joe Hachem Shooting Star Invitational,” he said.

Funds raised from the event will be used to help assist individuals on the autism spectrum to reach their potential and to overcome the isolation of autism. Up to 20 internationally and nationally recognised high profile celebrities will be invited personally by Joe to support Aspect and participate in the Shooting Star Invitational poker event. Names of the celebrities will be confirmed closer to the event.

Aspect CEO Adrian Ford said the charity was delighted that Joe Hachem had decided to raise money to help people with Autism and their families through his Shooting Star Invitational.

“We know that about one in 100 Australia’s have autism spectrum disorder. There is no cure for autism but with the right help and support we can equip people with autism and their families with the skills they need to reach their full potential,” Ford said.

“Aspect is Australia’s largest non-profit provider of autism services and we work with more than 10,000 people every year. We rely on support from the community and without people like Joe we quite simply could not provide our vital support and services.  It means a tremendous amount to our organisation but much more importantly the people with autism and their families with whom we work.”

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