Gambling and human rights aren’t things that usually go together. I used to think that, until one of my friends opened my eyes. I have been a human rights activist in Santiago de Chile all my life. And if there is one thing I’ve learned is that you can’t do anything if you don’t have any money. You can’t organize rallies, you can’t advertise and you can’t bring people to your cause. One day, I was talking to one of my friends about ways in which we could raise money. He is the owner of a casino in Santiago and he proposed we do a fund raising party there.
It seemed like a weird idea at first, but I figured we have absolutely nothing to lose. We figured that if half of all proceedings go towards the foundation, we could raise enough money to dramatically increase human rights awareness in Santiago de Chile. We quickly got to printing ads and spreading the word, but nothing could have prepared us for such a massive turnout. It was on that night in the casino that I realized how many people care about our cause in the city.
Many countries in South America have had huge problems with human rights in recent times, so this was extremely important to us. We know that we need to pull together if we are to change the way things are, so I was moved to tears when I saw the behavior of some of the people that came that night. First of all, all of the tragamonedas were full. People were playing those slots and having an amazing time. In fact, it turns out most of them just came to have fun, as they donated everything they won that night. We decided that half of what everybody won and half of the casino proceedings would go to charity, but a huge percentage of the people actually gave everything. Slot Machines in Hungary.
And these were just normal people, like you and me. They did enjoy the slot machines, but they are people who earn money with normal jobs, and not at all rich. In fact, one of the men who managed to win a jackpot told me that it was more than he would make in a couple of years, and yet he still didn’t keep anything for himself. From that moment on, we decided that even gambling can do some good in the world. You often hear of addiction problems, but you almost never hear of the decent people who play the tragaperras only for a good cause. Nowadays we are far better organized and we even provide people with trips to the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, so they are fully aware of what they are fighting for.