On February 9th, just hours after Sea Shepherd intercepted the Japanese Nisshin Maru whaling death ship in the Southern Ocean, Sea Shepherd's Chief Executive Officer Steve Roest and Dutch Board Member Laurens de Groot collected a check for one million euros from the Dutch Postcode Lottery in the Netherlands. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society saw their award from the Dutch Postcode Lottery double from the amount they received in previous years, as presented during the spectacular annual Goed Geld Gala (Good Money Gala).
A very special guest, Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima, took to the stage to congratulate the charities for their noble and vital work, at this year’s event. Her Royal Highness also thanked the Postcode Lottery for their amazing contribution again this year. The event was hosted by Boudewijn Poelmann, Chairman of the lottery, who spoke in more detail about the work of the charities and not-for-profit organizations that do so much incredible work around the world.
"Sea Shepherd's relationship with the Dutch Postcode Lottery started with Captain Alex Cornelissen two years ago, we have since then created a close bond with them and are incredibly grateful for all they have done for us. Unfortunately as Captain of the Bob Barker, Alex is at this time chasing the Nisshin Maru and saving the lives of
whales in the Antarctic, so he could not be here tonight," said CEO Steve Roest. "I am extremely proud to be here with Laurens to accept this award on behalf of Captain Paul Watson, everyone at Sea Shepherd, and of course the inhabitants of the oceans we protect. We will make sure this extra funding will be used to provide an additional campaign this year to protect our oceans."
"The increase from €500,000 last year, to €1 Million this year is a clear indication of how supportive the people of the Netherlands and the Postcode Lottery are of the international marine conservation operations that Sea Shepherd undertakes," said Laurens de Groot, "I'm very proud to be Dutch tonight," he added.
The Dutch Postcode Lottery was founded 20 years ago as a means to raise money for organizations that advocate for nature conservation, environmental protection, victims of war, and victims of violence and poverty. Half the money raised annually through this lottery is donated to carefully selected non-profit organizations. Since its founding in 1989, the Dutch Postcode Lottery has donated in excess of 3 billion euros as part of its commitment to aid non-profit organizations in the essential work they undertake. Sea Shepherd is very honored and proud to be one the charities supported by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery.