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The “Warm Their Hearts” stream was held to celebrate AboFlah reaching 20 million followers globally and the US$1M raised for UNHCR will help refugees this winter

Galaxy Racer (GXR), the biggest esports, gaming and lifestyle organisation, headquartered in Dubai, has announced that its content creator, Hassan ‘AboFlah’ Suleiman has successfully raised US$1M in a charity stream for UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency.

AboFlah started live streaming on his YouTube channel on Friday 29th October 2021, which lasted for 28 hours until he successfully hit the target of US$1M, with donations pouring in from all over the world. His live stream was a record-breaker, it reached over 588K peak concurrent views and over 28 million total views, smashing multiple streaming records regionally, including being the Top 5 Global content creator on YouTube for peak concurrent views.

AboFlah decided to honour his 20 million subscribers milestone by partnering with UNHCR to help refugees this winter and launch the Warm Their Hearts campaign and live stream on his YouTube channel. He pledged to stream until he reached his US $1M goal to provide for over 5,600 families (that’s more than 17,000 people) with urgent winter aid that will secure shelter, warm food and clothing, fuel for heating, as well as medicine. While the refugee crisis continues across the region, the harsh winter season presents itself again, forcing already vulnerable families into further hardship, insecurity and suffering.

This positive impact initiative follows a string of impressive charity streams AboFlah has conducted when hitting previous milestones, including raising money to build a hospital, a well in Africa for those without access to drinking water, a mosque, houses for refugees in Syria as well as organising thousands of cataract surgeries.

Galaxy Racer’s Content Creator and YouTube sensation, AboFlah commented: “After hitting another major milestone on my channel with 20M subscribers, I am truly honoured and grateful to share that we’ve hit the US$1M target with UNHCR’s charity fundraising live stream for refugees and displaced families in the region. I wouldn’t have been able to do these charity streams and give back to the community without the incredible support from my fans. Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far and look forward to speaking to you all on the stream!” 

Galaxy Racer’s CEO, Paul Roy commented: “This record-breaking remarkable achievement shows the true spirit of the esports and gaming community united as one, and we are at an epitome of a cultural phenomenon that is taking place rapidly across the globe. AboFlah’s good nature of wanting to give back to the community is a testament of Galaxy Racer’s core values in our content creators and we are looking forward to more record-breaking positive impact initiatives in the future!”

UNHCR’s Chief of Private Sector Partnerships in MENA, Houssam Chahine commented: “With the winter season fast approaching, many refugees and internally displaced families rely on UNHCR’s assistance to be able to afford to keep safe and warm and provide their children with shelter, food and medicine. The cold season brings with it additional costs of heating, home insulation, warm clothes, and/or medical expenses, for families already facing difficulty meeting their basic needs. 

“With many being forced to make difficult choices in order to keep their families warm. We are grateful to generous individuals like AboFlah, who use their platform, reach and influence for good. We hope AboFlah and Galaxy Racer’s determination to mobilize their community for a good cause is a shining example and inspiration for youth in the region to take action to support refugees and internally displaced people and encourage an increase in responsibility-sharing and support from the private sector as well in addressing the needs of displaced communities.”

Launching his YouTube channel in 2017, AboFlah began posting gaming content of him playing FIFA17 before creating content on Fall Guys and Fortnite. AboFlah went on to join Galaxy Racer’s content creator team earlier this year, which already boasts some of the biggest content creators in the MENA and Southeast Asia region including fellow YouTube sensation Noor Stars. The organisation now carries over 100 content creators, with a total reach of over 500 million followers across all platforms and more than two billion views.

Galaxy Racer launched in 2019 and has already become one of the biggest esports, gaming, and lifestyle organisations globally. The organisation has five separate business offerings; Esports Teams, Content Creators, Tournament Management, Merchandising and Lifestyle and GXR Records, a newly established record label that already carries two signed artists from the MENA region and are looking to expand globally.

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