Safely reuniting communities in Longford through bingo

Irish family business begins campaign to reopen bingo halls

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Safely reuniting communities in Longford through bingo

Hoping to open bingo halls

An Irish family business is embarking on a trailblazing campaign to safely reopen bingo halls, clubs and community centres in a bid to create greater unity within communities and offer a much-needed and safe resource for fundraisers. 

Let's Play Bingo hopes to facilitate bingo sessions again in local halls across the country, such as AG Bingo Granard one of the best in Longford.

They want to help support halls and clubs that have been closed with no income for the past 4 months whilst engaging in some community fun and much-needed fundraising.

Lockdown has fed great creativity with innovative community initiatives popping up around the country.

Virtual events such as The Na Fíanna Gaa  Bingo Gameshow and Balcony Bingo, an award-winning concept spearheaded in Ringsend and scaled out nationwide with the help of Let’s Play Bingo.

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This not only offered a fun and exciting way to bring people together at a safe distance and introduce the game to a younger demographic but also raised thousands in vital funds for struggling causes like Alone and the Mater Hospital. These projects, along with Online Bingo and Home Bingo Kits, kept the business afloat throughout the Stay At Home order. 

As Ireland moves through the phases of the Covid19 roadmap, Let’s Play Bingo is uniquely positioned to support Bingo halls and clubs lending both their expertise and safety materials as they reopen while also facilitating those who are high risk through streaming services and Open Air Bingo ensuring that they continue to feel part of the community they long to rejoin in earnest. 

Continuing to keep fundraisers in mind and conscious of new time restrictions and social distancing recommendations, Let’s Play Bingo has also developed some additional quick fire Bingo games and a range of mini lotteries which give players extra excitement and winning chances as well as value for money and greater opportunities to raise essential funding. 

The MD of Let’s Play Bingo, John Martin said: “I was genuinely concerned that lockdown would result in the closure of Bingo halls indefinitely and with it our longstanding family business. Equally, there was a real concern for the wellbeing of older members of our society who were especially vulnerable at this challenging time, both mentally and physically.

"We knew that we had to adapt rapidly and respond to the new circumstances while continuing to provide this important social outlet and fundraising tool to people of all age groups nationwide. Now that restrictions are easing it’s important to get halls and club Bingos safely open again and we have the expertise, capability, supplies and energy to support this.”

For more information, visit letsplaybingo.ie and follow them on Facebook.

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