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17 February 2020
Once again, Peace Parks Foundation, as a beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, has been the very fortunate recipient of another €1.35 million at the Goed Geld Gala held on 26 January 2016.
The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been a loyal supporter of the work of Peace Parks Foundation for over 14 years.
In 2014, Peace Parks Foundation and WWF NL received the ground-breaking support of €14.4 million ($19.13 m) from the Dutch Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund for their Rhino Protection Programme to save African rhino from extinction. The Dream Fund gives charitable organisations an opportunity to realise courageous, innovative new projects.
Thus far, Peace Parks Foundation has received over €35 million from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, which has translated into significant and wide-ranging transfrontier conservation development and the Rhino Protection Programme.
Peace Parks Foundation thanks the Dutch Postcode Lottery and the lottery players for this very generous and continued support of its work.
2.7 million players make it possible
In total, the Dutch Postcode Lottery this year donated a record amount of €328 million to charity. The record donation was made possible thanks to the 2.7 million loyal members: of each batch, half goes to charity. More than 100 charities were told of the amount they can expect this year. George Clooney, new ambassador of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, was a guest of honour.
Dutch Postcode Lottery ambassador Humberto Tan interviewed George Clooney, regarding his Not on Our Watch foundation dedicated to stopping under-exposed human rights abuses in the world.
Said George Clooney: “I believe in the goodness of man, I am an optimist. I have never seen anything like the Dutch Postcode Lottery. It lets you join together and also do well. The fact that I am involved, is an honour.” In the interview, Clooney named Peace Parks Foundation twice an example of an organisation that does not sit down in despair when an initiative turns out to be less effective than expected. He was referring to the infusion of hino horn. “The beauty is that they are now trying even harder.”
The Dutch Postcode Lottery was founded in 1989 to support charities that work towards a fairer, greener world. The lottery raises funds for charity and to raise awareness about their work. Meanwhile, 2.7 million Dutch play the lottery. They take a monthly chance on hundreds of thousands of prices, while half of their ticket price benefits the charity organisations.
Since the Lottery’s inception, more than €4.7 billion has been donated to humans and to nature. UNICEF, Food Banks Netherlands, WWF, Amnesty International, Natural Monuments,Médecins Sans Frontières and many other organisations are supported each year.
Since 2005, organisations similar to the Dutch Postcode Lottery have been active in the United Kingdom and in Sweden, where the People’s Postcode Lottery and the Svenska PostkodLotteriet raise funds for charities. Novamedia / Postcode Lotteries is the world’s third largest private charity donor.