The BiG Dinner is coming to the Malta iGaming Seminar

14 July 2015

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The BiG Dinner is coming to Malta at the Malta iGaming Seminar (MiGS) 2015.

Event Details:
Caviar & Bull, St.Julian's, Malta
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 8.30 p.m.

Price: €150.00 + VAT per person or tables of 10 for €1,500.00 + VAT

For bookings please see

Format: An informal dinner with banter and chat allowing all MiGS delegates to mix and mingle in a great atmosphere.

Sponsorship: Sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact us or the team at MiGS for details.

Supported charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital ( and Puttinu Cares (

Guest Star: John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE is a Jamaican-born English former footballer and manager, who currently works as a commentator and pundit for ESPN and SuperSport.

During his playing career, Barnes had successful periods at Watford and Liverpool in the 1980s and 1990s, winning the First Division twice, the FA Cup twice, and playing for England 79 times. After a period at Newcastle United, he ended his playing career at Charlton Athletic in 1999.

After retiring as a player, Barnes had a brief stint as head coach of Celtic in 1999–2000, working alongside Kenny Dalglish. He took over as manager of the Jamaica national team in 2008.

An Anfield legend, Barnes was voted by Liverpool fans at number five in their 2006 poll of 100 Players who shook the Kop. A year later in 2007, FourFourTwo magazine acclaimed Barnes as the best Liverpool player of all time.

Barnes featured on the song "World in Motion" by New Order, performing a rap towards the end of the song, which was released ahead of England's 1990 FIFA World Cup campaign.

About the Charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is one of the leading facilities globally which both treats patients around the world for free AND does groundbreaking research on childhood cancer. St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today's most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.

Puttinu Cares, the children’s cancer support group, was set up 12 years ago soon after the opening of a specialised Paediatric Oncology Unit in Hospital, now known as Rainbow Ward. The support group offers guidance for the patient and relatives, helps them deal with the ordeal ahead and gives them hope for a brighter future. The team gets to know the families and aims to treat each family with individual needs.

Puttinu offers help when families need to go abroad to pursue any kind of further treatment in U.K. Government covers all medical costs for the patient but Puttinu is there for accommodation for the accompanying family free of charge. Our support has now extended to include adult patients. This alleviates a huge burden, since when a child gets sick parents don’t have to shoulder the expense of accommodation to be able to stay with their child in hospital and care for them in between stays.

Since 2008 we have started slowly purchasing apartments and today we own 18 apartments in Sutton. The support group have however been receiving requests for help from people suffering from various ailments, and not just from cancer. We realised that in order to be able to help all these people with accommodation we require more than just the 18 apartments in Sutton. Since December 2014, we started renting another seven apartments near the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. This means that 25 apartments are available to hundreds of families in their time of need. The rental of these apartments comes to 60,000 euros every six months.

Right now, more than 60 patients are having treatment in one of 30 different hospitals in U.K. every month. These patients can spend weeks, months and even years away as inpatients or coming and going from hospital.

Puttinu Cares has a dream – that there will come a day when no patient and his family undergoing treatment abroad will have to pay for accommodation. We are on our way to making this dream come true. Right now we are in the process of looking for a piece of land near the centre of London since the majority of patients go to Great Ormond, National and Moorefields Hospitals which lie in Zone 1. We are calculating that to solve 80 percent of the problem of accommodation for the Maltese population we need around 20-30 studio apartments in all.

The importance of supporting patients when they are undertaking therapy away from home is paramount. Providing accommodation close to the hospital not only alleviates the financial burden but is also an important ingredient in the sick child’s cure. Having their parents and siblings close at hand when they are going through these difficult times is not a luxury, but a must.

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