Last month, parts of the world put the spotlight on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. That month-long effort culminated with World AIDS Day on Wednesday, December 1, where groups worked together to raise awareness about the issue and raise funds for awareness, research, and ultimately an ending of the disease. The online gambling community is also helping out as well.
Crazy Vegas Casino donated $20,000 to a charity called Nkosi’s Haven. The charity, which is based in South Africa, focuses on helping mothers and orphans who suffer from HIV and AIDS. The online casino pledged to give 25% of all profits in the month of November to AIDS-related charities. Therefore, anyone who played at the casino during that time played a part in raising money for worthy charities, even if they didn’t know it. At the end of the month, Crazy Vegas Casino reported that the 25% of profits came to a total of $18,493.17. They decided to round the amount up and donate a full $20,000 instead of the original pledge.
Though November is over, there is never a bad time to get involved and do your part to help a worthy cause. There are few causes as worthy as striving to rid the world of AIDS. Though very preventable in most countries, AIDS has reached epidemic status in the continent of Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout that region, life expectancy is in the 50’s and the AIDS infection rate goes as high as 26% (the rate in Swaziland). If the infection rate doesn’t startle you, the death rate will. Taking only the country of South Africa, there are approximately 350,000 AIDS-related deaths each year. If you include the entire continent, we’re talking more than a million.
It is South Africa – where over 18% of the adult population is infected with AIDS – that will benefit from the donation by Crazy Vegas Casino. According to their website, Nkosi’s Haven, named after activist Nkosi Johnson, was founded in 1999 as a source of “care and support for destitute HIV/AIDS infected mothers, her children, and resulting AIDS orphans (infected or not).” They are located in Johannesburg and Vereeniging.