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Dutch Postcode Lottery Gives Charities A Record €291 Million

Willem Russell, chairman of Peace Parks Foundation Netherlands and John Loudon, Peace Parks Foundation Board and Executive Committee member, receive the cheque from Judith Lingeman, Head of Dutch Postcode Lottery Charities. Photo: Roy Beusker Fotografie

Peace Parks Foundation receives €1.35 million!

Peace Parks Foundation has received close to €16 million since 2002

More than 90 good causes graced the Dutch Postcode Lottery’s annual Goed Geld Gala at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on 13 February 2013. The Netherlands’ largest charity lottery announced that it would donate a record €291 million to charitable organisations this year thanks to its 2.5 million players.

Peace Parks Foundation was the proud recipient of yet another €1.35 million unearmarked funds. Since Peace Parks Foundation became one of the Postcode beneficiaries in 2002, it has received close to €16 million, a very major contribution with a huge catalytic financial effect. Since Peace Parks Foundation’s inception, almost €300 million has been mobilised and secured to develop southern Africa’s peace parks. Peace Parks Foundation is very grateful to be one of the Dutch Postcode Lottery’s now 90 beneficiaries. The Foundation thanks the Lottery and salutes it for its role in bettering the lives of people and of nature.

The Dutch Postcode Lottery gives half the price of every ticket to good causes working for the benefit of humanity and the environment. Bill Clinton attended the gala as the guest of honour on behalf of his Clinton Foundation, which has received support from the lottery since 2005.

Former Dutch politician Femke Halsema asked the former US president about his definition of leadership, the biggest challenges facing the world today, sustainability, and the role social organisations play in society. “If you have enough money to buy a Postcode Lottery ticket you suddenly become an NGO, because half of the money is given to charitable endeavors. You should be very proud of this system,” Clinton said.

Photo by Roy Beusker Fotografie

The lottery announced at the Goed Geld Gala that two organisations would receive grants from its Dream Fund. It awarded Doctors Without Borders €6 791 000 to develop a new cure for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Greenpeace will receive €7 593 028 to produce the QuestionMark app, which will inform consumers about environmental damage, animal welfare, labour conditions and health aspects linked to thousands of products.

Peace Parks Foundation is truly grateful for the continued support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery!

For more information on the Dutch Postcode Lottery and their other charity lotteries, please visit Novamedia.

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