World number one Michael van Gerwen has raised over £14,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation following the tally of 72 maximums that he registered during his victorious 2018 Unibet Premier League campaign.
Van Gerwen pledged to donate £100 per maximum he hit during the Premier League and after piling in 72 180’s throughout the gruelling sixteen-week season, he raised a total of £7,200. However, that figure will be matched by tournament sponsors Unibet and the funds will be split equally between the UK and Dutch versions of the charity.
Make-A-Wish exists in order to grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people who are fighting life-threatening illnesses and ‘The Green Machine’, who fired in a record 16 maximums on Finals Night alone, is thrilled with the amount raised.
MvG said: “I’m really happy with the total. It is a lot more 180s than the year before and I’m very happy to make this donation and grateful to Unibet for matching the amount. Make-A-Wish is a really special charity and I hope this money will really help with the great work they are doing.”
Van Gerwen was in scintillating form as he stormed to his fourth Premier League title earlier this month and he’ll also be hoping to clinch a fourth World Cup of Darts crown for the Netherlands in Frankfurt, as he and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld bid to retain their trophy.
Holland won’t be appearing at this year’s football World Cup, but ‘Mighty Mike’ is determined to give the Dutch fans something to cheer. “Of course my own tournament comes first but it’s unfortunate that we don’t go to the football World Cup. I think it’s a little bit smaller our World Cup than the football one,” he quipped.
“But it would be nice to win it and give the Dutch fans something else to cheer about this summer without the football. Winning is always nice. I live for winning trophies and that’s my goal this week,” he added.
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