World Snooker lends a helping hand

16:27:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

It is said that "a friend in need is a friend indeed" and nowadays so many people need that friend that could be there and lend them a helping hand.

World Snooker has been involved in charity actions over the years and since a new season means a new beginning, it seems like the perfect time to choose a charity that will receive financial support during the 2011/2012 snooker season. And so, Haven House, in Woodford Green, Essex has become their official charity partner.

In the following months all the money that World Snooker will receive from fining the players will go straight to this lovely charity that takes care of children and young people between the ages of 0-19, who have life-limiting conditions and who are unlikely to reach adulthood.

Barry Hearn, Chairman of World Snooker said: "Any well-run business has rules to be followed, and in ours those rules are in the players' Professional Tour contract.

"World Snooker does not wish to financially benefit from any fines imposed on players who are in breach of contract. So we have decided to donate those fines in their entirety to Haven House Children's Hospice.

Barry Hearn at the Haven House
"I don't want to see any player break our rules, but if they do so I will be delighted to see Haven House benefit, as this season we are aiming to raise a minimum of £120,000 for them, which is ten per cent of their running costs."

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive at Haven House, said: "This is an extremely significant relationship for the hospice. Both partners are dedicated to raising as much money as possible for the life-limited children and their families that Haven House cares for.

"This will make a significant impact to the work that we do and we look forward to working closely with World Snooker over the coming months."

Personally I think this is very admirable, for this charity (as well as many others) need all the help they can get. They rely mainly on donations and from personal experience I say that each pound makes a difference. Not to mention voluntary work and other things related with that.

And although, as Barry said, I would hate to see players fined, I know that this is very likely to happen, so what better way to get a use of those money than donating them to those in need?!

You can help too, if you want! Just visit Haven House official website or enter here.