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Charities to receive €302 million from Postcode Lottery
AMSTERDAM, 4 February 2014 — For 101 charities, it was a big night at the Koninklijk Theater Carré. The Dutch Postcode Lottery announced at its “Good Money Gala” that it would donate a record €302 million this year to good causes. The night’s highlight came when the lottery announced it would award €14.4 million from its Dream Fund to Peace Parks and WWF to help them in their efforts to save African rhinoceros from extinction. The lottery established the Dream Fund to enable courageous, groundbreaking new projects.
Expanding a successful approach
In May 2013, Peace Parks launched a pilot project in South Africa to save endangered rhinoceros from poachers who kill them for their horns. The organisation treats animals’ horns with harmless chemicals and paint, making them worthless to poachers. The approach has met with great success. The lottery’s donation will enable a large-scale rollout of the project. The group aims to treat the major part of rhinos that are still alive in nine African countries in five years.
Along with protecting rhinos directly, combating international crime around the smuggling of their horns is essential. The WWF is establishing an independent Wildlife Justice Commission in The Hague. The commission will collect evidence, prepare legal cases, and coordinate political lobbying and public pressure to stop wildlife crime.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte presented the Dream Fund cheque to the directors of Peace Parks and WWF at the lottery gala.
Food banks to receive annual grant
The Dutch Postcode Lottery also announced it would add four new organisations to its list of 89 charities receiving annual funding. One new beneficiary, Voedselbanken Nederland, an association of 147 food banks, will receive €500,000 a year. The money is urgently needed: since 2008, the number of people who depend on Dutch food banks has doubled.
Twenty-six organisations will receive one-time funding from the lottery this year. They include Vogelbescherming, the Johan Cruyff Foundation and Humanitas. A €500,000 grant will go to the Clean Clothes Campaign, which strives to improve labour conditions for more than 30 million garment workers around the world. It aims to instate the safety accord introduced in Bangladesh in 2013 in at least three more countries within five years. The lottery’s grant will help to fund its efforts.
2.5 million players make it possible
Each year, millions of euros in charitable donations are made possible by the 2.5 million people who play the Postcode Lottery. Half the price of every ticket goes to charity. Increased revenues this year have enabled the lottery to give away almost €12 million more than it did in 2013.