While the Sea Shepherd ships were engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with the Japanese whalers down in the Southern Ocean, the yearly Goed Geld Gala (Good Money Gala) of the Dutch National Postcode Lottery was held again Thursday at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Geert Vons and Laurens de Groot were there on behalf of Sea Shepherd, and received a cheque for 900,000 Euros (almost 1.2 million USD)
The National Postcode Lottery, which was founded in 1989 to support charities, donated a record amount of 284 million Euros (373 million USD) to 85 charities. Half of the money paid for a lottery ticket goes directly to these charities, and the National Postcode Lottery has already donated over 4.6 billion USD to environmental and humanitarian charities. The Dutch National Postcode Lottery is the third largest private charitable donor worldwide.
Geert Vons: “Because it is primarily the financial support of the National Postcode Lottery which attracts people’s attention, I believe it is also worthwhile to consider another aspect; the thought behind it. It takes money to run an organisation and to enable us to continue to take action. On behalf of Sea Shepherd, I would like to thank the National Postcode Lottery for this contribution, but I would also like to thank them for the trust the National Postcode Lottery has in Sea Shepherd. The trust to want to support Sea Shepherd actions and campaigns, not only financially, but also in her media communications to the public!”
More information on the charities supported by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery can be found by clicking here.