Cambodian Legal Education Fund Could Benefit from PCA Event

Published Saturday, January 02, 2010 -

Only one of 14 women in a tournament field of 1,347 players was a qualifier in the Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure. That woman Elizabeth Bennett-Martin has not only won the satellite once last year but beating all the odds she has done it again this year. Although she has been an occasional player for only four years, this was her first major event which netted her $40,000 for 25th place. Now she's returning again this year, and competing against a mass of web savvy kids and some seasoned professionals.

Should Elizabeth win this year and she has every intention of doing just that she has already earmarked a portion of the prize to go to a charity that she has set up. The purpose of the charity is to provide funds for education and housing for young women in Cambodia. It was set up through Bennett-Martin's law firm, Bennett Gastle P.C. in Toronto, Canada along with the help of her firm's partner, Charles Gastle, and his wife Ruth. The Cambodian Legal Education for Women (CLEW) was formed to help the women who live in extremely deprived, cramped conditions and sleep on mats on a bare floor. The dormitory has no furniture or cooking facilities, other than hot plates. These women hope to become lawyers to assist a population where legal help is extremely rare in 2009 there were only 538 lawyers for a population of over 14 million people. Elizabeth plans to play the Ladies Event at the PCA this year, and she has designated all of the winnings from that event to go directly to the charity. This is the first year for the Ladies Tournament, and Elizabeth is excited to be a part of the inaugural event and to participate in an event that promotes women in poker. A good cause and with lots of luck those young women in Cambodia will eventually become lawyer and justice will be improved in that country.


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