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Although this project is not revolved around myself, or even about me, I would like to introduce myself and give you some background information:
My name is Lukas. I am 30 years old and live in Vienna, Austria. I studied Business Administration and did my master thesis on microcredits and their recent developments. After my studies I worked for 5 years full time in the banking and business consulting industry. I have been playing poker for 8 years now. I started with cash games and MTT´s and eventually switched to HUSNG hypers 1.5 years ago. I have always considered poker as fun hobby, but as I am currently having a break from work, I have decided to take a slightly more serious and professional approach while I am not working. I currently play the $100 –$ 300s on Pokerstars and some of you may recognize my screen name - Yovengo.
Now you should have at least a rough idea who I am, but probably have no clue what this is all about. Good, read ahead:
Every day we „play for real“, face all-ins, hope for better cards or results on the next day.
Every day others struggle with their daily existence, for real, giving it all in. Hoping, for a better tomorrow or even a (new) chance.
I have always enjoyed helping others, and my mind has been relentlessly thinking about opportunities which could make a small but decent change for people who are not as lucky in life as you or I am. When I was writing my thesis and gathering lots of information about charity, donations or microcredits, I realized that already a tiny contribution can make a big impact on someone elses life.
So here is the plan:
I want to establish a „club“, whose only cause is to give back and support people who are in need. Its members are you and I, US poker players. Every month there will be a poll, on which we vote for 2 or 3 projects we want to support in the following month. We will give away 1% of our monthly winnings to these projects. Once the projects are chosen, there will be 1 click donation widgets on the website with a short explanation of the projects and a $ progress bar. So every member can donate directly to the project of their choice. Furthermore all members will get a monthly newsletter with a summary of the last month and ofc a reminder to vote/donate again.
Maybe some more information about the projects: we are not going to just blindly donate to big NGOs but only to real projects which are supposed to be sustainable or whose progress we can follow. For example supporting a construction project to build a school or a well. Or supporting a local orphanage, or give people without health insurance the opportunity to get medical treatment. The possibilities to help are unfortunately endless and every member is more than welcome to propose projects.
As soon as we got enough people particpating we are going to start coding the website. I will also try to get Pokerstars on board as soon this is up and running so that they might match our donations. So if you can imagine to be part of this please leave a comment in here, or contact Ryan or me directly, so we can get this up and running as fast as possible!
Cliffs: We are about to found a „club“, which members are U and I, us poker players. The purpose of the club is to help people who are in need. We will give away 1% of our monthly winnings to chosen projects.
P.s. I already want to say a big thank you to Ryan, Rocco "rocmar87" and my gf for the great feedback and support so far!