The annual Goed Geld Gala of the Dutch Postcode Lottery was held this year in the Royal Theater Carré in Amsterdam. Drs. Geert Vons, General Director of Sea Shepherd Netherlands and Captain Alex Cornelissen, Sea Shepherd Global Executive Officer, both attended the Gala. Michiel Verboven, Managing Director of the National Postcode Lottery, presented them both with a check for 900,000 Euros.
This year marks the seventh year in which Sea Shepherd has been awarded support from the National Postcode Lottery. To date, we have received 6.3 million Euros, funds that greatly benefit Sea Shepherd’s global campaigns.
302 million Euros for charity thanks to the Postcode Lottery
The gala was an exciting and important night for 101 charities, as The Postcode Lottery announced that they will donate a record amount of 302 million Euros this year. The highlight of the gala every year is the announcement of the Dream Project winner. The Dream Project supports new, brave and innovating projects out of the normal financial reach of the charities. This year’s winners are Peace Parks and World Wildlife Fund, which received 14.4 million Euros for their project to save the African Rhino from extinction. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands presented the winners with the Dream Project check.
The 2.5 million participants who play the lotto make it possible
The 2.5 million participants who play the Dutch Postcode Lottery make the charitable donation of millions by the lottery possible. Half the cost of every ticket sold is donated. Thanks to the lottery’s growing profits, almost 12 million Euros more can be donated to the charities this year.
About the National Postcode Lottery – society always wins
The National Postcode Lottery was founded in 1989 to support charity. Currently, 2.5 million Dutch nationals play the lottery, and each month they can win hundreds of thousand in prizes. At the same time, the participants are supporting important causes because half of all ticket sales get divided amongst more than 90 charities.
Since the Postcode Lottery was founded, more than four billion Euros have been donated to humanitarian and nature causes. Since 2005, the Postcode Lottery has also been active in the UK and Sweden, where the People’s Postcode Lottery and the Svenska Postkod Lotteriet, also raise funds for charity. In Holland, the National Postcode Lottery works together with the BankGiro Lottery and the Vrienden Lottery, forming a group called the Charity Lotteries.
Novamedia/Postcode Lottery is the second largest private donor to charity in the world.