35 year old David Gikunda Kuura, a police officer from Karuri, Kiambu County who won the grand prize of KSh 150,000/= has donated his winnings to Macheo children’s home in Thika town.

This was the charity of his choice in the “Betway Gives Back” promotion that ran in the month of December, 2017.

The campaign required participants to place at least 2 Both Teams to Score bets on the English Premier League between 22nd and 23rd December 2017. Mr. Karuri placed his bet on the 23rd December. The win included KSh 150,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice and a mystery prize.

Why the children’s home?

“I heard about Macheo Children’s Home from a colleague who told me of its challenges and underprivileged children. I knew then I wanted to support them and make a difference. This win, courtesy of Betway, will help them a great deal.” expressed David.

David Gikunda Kuura poses with a representative from Betway Kenya. Photo / COURTESY
David Gikunda Kuura poses with a representative from Betway Kenya. Photo / COURTESY

Macheo provides fulltime family-oriented care at the Children’s Home, nutritional meals at schools to increase attendance, healthcare information and medical care to families in need and educational seminars to empower families and their communities. On a daily basis, 20 000 children in Thika, Kenya benefit from Macheo’s endeavours. Macheo, meaning sunrise in Swahili, symbolizes a new beginning for these children.

With Betway’s generous donation, David will now be able to support the children’s home and impact them for good. One of Betway’s core values is society building and the one month long promotion was based on that.

Representatives from Macheo's Children's home pose for a photo with a dummy cheque
Representatives from Macheo’s Children’s home pose for a photo with a dummy cheque

“Over the last few days, and immediately after the tax review on gaming, we have witnessed an array of reactions from gaming companies. Some have chosen to drop their sponsorships and others have suspended their operations until the taxation is reviewed. However, at Betway we are committed to our customers and will continue to work in the Kenyan market and continue to give back to society” said Betway Country Manager, Wanja Gikonyo.

Seeking talent

Betway’s giving spirit is seen from former campaigns it ran such as the Betway Talent Search which saw two lucky amateur players win a trip to the United Kingdom to practice and interact with players of West Ham United. The two winners have since gone ahead to progress in their careers as professional footballers by being affiliated with Mathare FC and Bandari FC.