Bahamas Gaming Operators Association (BGOA) President Gershan Major yesterday announced the organizations intent to increase its civic and philanthropy donation from $4.1 million to $7.1 million.
In a press statement, Major said the additional $3 million will assist the BGOA in executing its planned social initiatives for the year beginning with an ‘Adopt a School’ program.
“The BGOA set out very early in this year, to focus on the areas of Education, Culture, Sports, Wellness, Innovation in Technology & Entrepreneurship,” Major said.
“We recognize the tremendous need to continue to build a civil and functional society, where our people are afforded the opportunity to add value to the process with their gifts, talents and skills. The local gaming industry continues to show its commitment to The Bahamas and its people in areas, which need the type and form of support we seek to provide.
According to Major, the BGOA aims to “significantly promote the awareness and education of gaming responsibly.”
“The BGOA, will begin in earnest, executing on its plans, beginning with our Adopt a School Program, affording scholarships to the best and brightest in our educational system, starting at the Primary School level,” he said.
“Additionally, the BGOA, will be investing in creating community centres through-out The Bahamas, to provide a venue for persons to connect through bridging the digital divide, poetry and story-telling, cultural expressions, app development and coding for the technologically inclined and overall sharing of information through meetings and other wholesome community activities for all ages.”
Major said the BGOA has also pledged to introduce opportunities for entrepreneurial development as well as promote healthy living in the country.
“We also recognize that the health of a nation, is truly the wealth of a nation. In this respect, we will be promoting wellness, in the areas of life style and health management, especially in the areas where the Bahamas is most challenged, like hypertension, diabetes, including areas of mental health,” he said.
“We will support innovation and technological advancements – with a focus on math and science, app development and coding in concert with the relevant educational institutions and other corporate partners.”
The BGOA is a non-profit organization that represents approved licensees of the domestic gaming industry.