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PokerStars' corporate giving programme Helping Hands has signed a two-year extension to its partnership with charitable organisation Right to Play, which works to improve the quality of education for children in some of the world's poorest communities.

Helping Hands will provide Right to Play with an additional £600,000 in funding over the next two years, taking the total amount awarded to the charity by PokerStars to £1.5m.

Right to Play works in a range of territories, mainly Africa, Asia and the Middle East, using sport and play to educate and empower children. It aims to make learning fun for children to help them better absorb lessons, and teach them key life skills such as leadership, self-confidence, how to avoid disease and how to resolve conflicts without violence.

The increased funding will help Right to Play continue to deliver these programmes, as well as scaling up its work. It will build on this play-based approach to basic skills to help children better engage in academic studies such as maths, science and literacy, driving up the quality of education they receive.

"Right To Play makes such a positive impact to so many children around the world and PokerStars is incredibly proud to be able to support their valuable work," PokerStars head of corporate giving Sue Hammett said.

"Using play to educate and empower is a philosophy that our players and staff really believe in. We're delighted to be extending our partnership for two more years."

PokerStars has also taken steps to ensure that its staff are engaged with the partnership by sending a group to Ghana alongside Right to Play ambassador and former Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall.

It also holds fundraising events such as the Right to Play Sports Quiz, which took place in London this week hosted by BBC pundit John Inverdale.

Right to Play partnerships manager Neil Child-Dyer said he was "immensely proud" of the charity's partnership with the operator, "not just in terms of funding but also for the exposure to their 108 million customers and the fabulous charity tournaments that they hold for Right To Play.

"Without the backing of our corporate partners like PokerStars, Right To Play would not be able to help as many children around the world."