The following information was provided for a charity appeal running from Sept 2003 to Sept 2005 and is no longer functioning. The information here is purely a record of the work carried out.
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, all children have a right to play (Article 31).
"All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities."
Sadly though, an estimated 250 million children around the world are "Child Labourers", employed in activities harmful to their healthy development, with little or no experience in the innocence of play.
Tim's "Right to Play" appeal is a fund to help UNICEF reach out to these children, giving them the chance to transform their futures by providing support including but not limited to education and play
UNICEF believes that education and play are critical to a child's development and especially to children recovering from a traumatic experience. Play helps to nurture some sense of normality in abnormal situations. Consequently UNICEF provides all important toys and games as part of a recreational package included in their Early Childhood Development programs.
Tim realises that this is a wonderful opportunity for him to give something back from the video game industry to those children who deserve much more from life. Tim believes every child has the right to play and hopes that he can convince enough members of the game industry community to raise £100,000. TIGA, (The Independent Game Developers Association) has agreed to make "Right To Play" its official charity appeal in an effort to gain more exposure for this most deserving cause.
In 2002 more games software and hardware units were sold than ever before. 2003 is expected to exceed the previous year in a huge way. Please give generously by following the UNICEF online donation link below.