WeSave! Charity Play is a nonprofit online marathon that will take place on March 20 - 26, 2020. 24 teams from around the globe will participate in the competitive part of the marathon, including such clubs as Natus Vincere, PSG.LGD, OG, Evil Geniuses, Team Secret, and many others.
The prize pool of $120,000, as well as all the funds donated during the broadcast, will be transferred to CEPI and GlobalGiving to aid efforts to battle and help develop a vaccine against COVID-19.
“CEPI is grateful to WePlay! Esports and its dedicated gaming community for supporting our vital vaccine development efforts. COVID-19 has shaken the foundations of the world. It is affecting us all. The only way that we’re going to beat this virus is if we pull together as a global community. CEPI was set up as a vehicle for public sector and private sector partners, like WePlay! Esports, to pool their resources to spur the rapid development of vaccines against emerging infectious threats. I’m pleased to welcome WePlay! Esports as a partner in CEPI’s historic fight against COVID-19.”
-CEO of CEPI, Dr Richard Hatchett
“We never asked ourselves whether we would join the fight against the coronavirus or not — a tragedy of such magnitude can be overcome only by a united effort. On one hand, the help must be provided here, and now, on the other, we need not only to deal with the results by helping those who are most vulnerable but also fight the cause of the pandemic — the virus itself and minimize its ways to spread across the globe.”
- WePlay! Esports CEO and Managing Partner Oleg Krot
“GlobalGiving is pleased to partner with WePlay! Esports to raise critical funds for people who are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an unprecedented time in modern history that will require the best of humanity to overcome. The WePlay! Esports livestream for the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund is showing the world exactly what that looks like, and our community is so grateful for your generosity during this challenging time. It will take a collective effort from every industry and every individual to persevere against this global threat.”
- Ingrid Embree, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at GlobalGiving
“The funds we will be able to accumulate with the help of the esports community, the teams, and our partners, will be distributed evenly between GlobalGiving and CEPI. While the funds transferred to GlobalGiving will bring benefits almost instantly, because they will be urgently allocated to purchase masks, ventilators, and other lifesaving medical supplies, everything we provide for CEPI will be spent on the development of a vaccine against coronavirus, which will take some time.”
- WePlay! Esports CBDO and Managing Partner Yura Lazebnikov
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched at Davos (Switzerland) to develop vaccines and stop future epidemics. It is supported by the authorities of Norway, Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust foundation, and other charity organizations. CEPI, in coordination with the World Health Organization as well as other partners, develops vaccines against the coronavirus. CEPI’s aim is to advance COVID-19 vaccine candidates into clinical testing and defeat the virus as soon as possible.
GlobalGiving is a global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. The organization partners with Hilton, Microsoft, Nike, Facebook, Ford, Cummins, Discovery, Google, and other companies to implement corporate social responsibility and philanthropy programs. The GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund was created to help and protect those who are the most vulnerable. The fund sends doctors and nurses to where they are needed the most; provides hospitals with masks, ventilators, and other lifesaving medical supplies; and delivers essential items to struggling families.
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Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office