Hundreds of children to benefit from Omar Sharif’s Backgammon and Poker Tournament
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Posted: February 21 2007


February 21 2007 ( - One to One Children’s Fund, the UK based charity which supports social and educational projects for disadvantaged children world-wide, whose lives have been profoundly affected by the trauma of conflict, illness and natural disaster, this week announced that it is accepting registrations for its 7th Annual Backgammon and Poker Tournament. The tournament takes place on 13th May at Sketch, the exclusive London venue in Conduit Street, W1.

Now in its seventh year, and hosted by Omar Sharif, the Backgammon and Poker Tournament has become the flagship event in One to One’s annual fundraising calendar, generating over £100,000 a year for the charity – a benchmark which organizers are aiming to build on this year.

The funds raised by the 2007 event will help support the charity’s ground-breaking projects in Africa and the Middle East.

Omar Sharif, who has supported the Tournament from its inception says: “One to One’s work in the Middle East is so important. Bringing Arab and Jewish children together in after school activities is a great investment for future peaceful co-existence in the region.”

Rita Eker MBE, One to One’s Co-Founder explains: “We are all too aware at just how people’s fortunes in life can, and often do, change at the role of a dice which is why we are urging people to come on board and register for the 2007 Backgammon and Poker Tournament. The most vulnerable victims of violence and prejudice in this world are innocent children who find themselves caught up in a cycle of poverty and deprivation. Just £1 a day can make the most positive difference to the quality of these children’s lives by giving them the chance they so desperately deserve to reach their full personal potential. Every player will have the opportunity of changing at least one child’s life.”

The 2007 Backgammon and Poker Tournament promises to be a thrilling and fulfilling evening, complete with a live auction of film and music memorabilia.

Players can register at a cost of £365 a person whilst spectators are being welcomed at a cost of just £100 a person.


For more information, or to register for the Tournament please call Anne Astaire on 020 8343 4234 or email

For media enquires please email Ronit Shebson, Public Relations Consultant at

Notes to editors:

One to One Children’s Fund exists to support social and educational projects all over the world, relieving suffering, hardship and neglect wherever they arise and to help children overcome the trauma of war, prejudice and natural disaster.

1. To improve the quality of children's lives by working hand in hand with local communities and volunteers from these communities to create programmes that are driven and championed by local people.

2. To provide training and access to professional therapists and care workers who practise alongside community volunteers, pass on their skills and knowledge and ensure the most cost-effective investment of funds and resources.

3. To create centres of excellence and models of best practice from which the charity and others can learn and replicate


• Dame Judi Dench

• Omar Sharif

• Terry Waite CBE

• The Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

• Sir Harry Solomon

• Lady Sainsbury

Middle East Project: Cochav Clubhouses, Israel

The Cochav Hazafon Association, together with One to One, operate seven clubhouses in the Western Galilee, each with 15 children who are at a high risk of falling into a life of crime and hopelessness. These children come from extremely poor and dysfunctional backgrounds and are exposed on a daily basis to violence, poverty and neglect within their own homes. Their emotionally, fragile state prevents them, in many cases, from fulfilling their potential at school. The children who attend the clubhouses come from different sectors: Jewish, Christian Arab, Muslim Arab and Druse.

The clubhouses work to create a better future for the children, offering them a warm and stimulating environment, which their homes cannot, for whatever reason, provide. They aim to develop children’s personal, social and academic skills. In addition, the trained staff and social work teams work with parents in order to improve their attitude towards their children, whilst giving them advice and guidance on a range of educational and emotional issues which are inhibiting their children from achieving in the classroom.

Cochav Clubhouses are open four days a week from 3-7p.m. The children come straight from school and receive a hot nutritious meal, help with homework and take part in activities such as art, drama, music and cycling.

Africa Project: PATA- (Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa) “Expert Patient” Programme

One to One Children’s Fund’s latest project, PATA (Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa), is a unique forum that brings together paediatric HIV clinic teams comprising a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist and a counsellor from more than 20 African countries to build a network of care providers who share experience and best practice across the continent. PATA has already assembled a critical mass of front-line paediatric health care workers to create a ripple effect of treatment action for children across Africa.

There is a severe shortage of health care workers in Africa which is restricting the roll out of life-saving anti-retroviral medicines to hundreds of thousands of children in need.

PATA’s answer is to create a programme for hiring HIV+ mothers to be trained as “expert patients” and increase the capacity of clinics to treat more and more children. “Expert patients” will become official and important members of the clinic team, responsible for:

• Receiving children (and their carers) for clinic visits, record height, weight, or other information

• Supervising play areas for children waiting for appointments

• Facilitating support groups for children, or for parents of children living with HIV

• Visiting children at home

• Acting as “treatment buddies” by supporting children in other ways

• Providing community awareness and education about testing and treatment for HIV

Each expert patient is paid £25 per month


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