Casino Buys Tsunami Relief Website

Published January 16, 2005 by OCR Editor

Casino Buys Tsunami Relief Website

With the recent humanitarian crisis in Asia worldwide charity and donations have been pouring in. The online casinos have been no acceptation to the overwhelming generosity on the parts of businesses and organization from around the world.

One online casino that has a reputation for pulling humorous publicity stunts recently purchased a website set up specifically to aid victims of the tsunami. But the story of how Golden Palace purchased this website starts in Montreal, Canada with a young student dubbed the wave rat for initially trying to profit off the disaster.

Canadian student Josh Kaplan, 20, recently sold the domain name for the website www.tsunamirelief.com for $10,000 to Golden Palace. At first, he originally posted the domain on eBay to auction off and was asking for $50,000. Some saw this as an act of greed by trying to capitalize off of the tsunami disaster in Asia. This earned him the title wave rat but whatever his original intentions were, he has since donated all the proceeds he made by selling the domain name to charity. Kaplan's mother Linda told Reuters last week her son had always intended to donate the money from the online auction to charity and had not tried to profit from the tragedy, which has claimed as many as 150,000 victims.

A spokesman for the online casino also said that he believed Kaplan had the best intentions from the start. "We spoke with him and we wanted to verify his story. We believed him to be quite sincere about not trying to profit from the sale of the web site," said spokesman Drew Black. "He was helping to raise as much as he could for those in need." The online casino Golden Palace toned down their usually flair for wacky pranks and paid out the $10,000 for the tsunami relief website in order to help victims of the disaster.

Many online casinos have been pitching in to help in one way or another along with other private businesses and donors. When it comes to charity, the industry is doing their part along with everyone else in such a time of humanitarian crisis. There have been other such examples like Next Generation Entertainment Group that decided to donate 100% of all profits generated on January 5th, coming in from all their gambling operations, to the International Red Cross. The decision to put people ahead of profits is something businesses must consider when a massive disaster occurs.

This non-profit website has been purchased by Golden Palace for $10,000. The entire amount of the sale will go to benefit the victims of the Tsunami disaster. Show your support by making a contribution to a charity listed on the site. The links go directly to the charity displayed so you can be sure that your contribution goes only to those in need. Tsunamirelief.com now lists 13 charities, including the American Red Cross, CARE USA and Save the Children, with direct links to their web sites to make donations.

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