Dutch Postcode Lottery Renews Grant of 1.3 Million for Sustainable Development

23 February 2018

Solidaridad colleagues in the Netherlands had good reason to celebrate last Thursday. The Dutch Postcode Lottery held its annual Goed Geld Gala (literally, the “Good Money Gala”), an evening dedicated to allocating its funds to organizations working in the field of sustainability and development. Once again, Solidaridad was honoured to receive a cheque worth 1,350,000 million euros. This is a fantastic contribution for Solidaridad’s work in developing countries. The Solidaridad team wishes to express a sincere and special thanks to the Postcode Lottery and all its participants!

Our ambitious colleagues at Solidaridad in Europe with the cheque

Fifteen minutes of fame for non-profit organizations

Every year, (international) non-profit organizations in the Netherlands who have contributed significantly to improving the lives of others are spotlighted at this event. The Dutch Postcode Lottery allocates half of its revenues earned from lottery tickets among 112 organizations. This year, a record was set with a total of 357 million euros distributed among these organizations altogether.

The Postcode Lottery is very popular in the Netherlands. It now totals about 2.9 million participants and its overall revenues last year have grown to 715 million euros. The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been active in donating its earnings to non-profit organizations since 1989 and its total contribution up till now stands at 5.4 billion euros.

Karin Jensma and Heske Verburg of Solidaridad receive the cheque from Caroline Tensen, ambassador of the Dutch Postcode Lottery. Photo credits: Roy Beusker fotografie (Roy Beusker photography)

Leonardo DiCaprio speaks of the need to act

The Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam (Royal Carré Theatre) welcomed two special guests during the evening: actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio and tennis player and philanthropist Rafael Nadal. Both attended the event on behalf of their own foundations, respectively the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) and the Rafa Nadal Foundation.

Leonardo DiCaprio has been a well-known and devoted environmentalist for years. He held a speech at this year’s Goed Geld Gala about the severity of climate change and the importance of addressing it. You can watch his speech below.

For an impression of the Goed Geld Gala and to watch more videos from this evening, check out the website of the Dutch Postcode Lottery (in Dutch).

Read more about our work with the Postcode Lottery on our Dutch website

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