The Climate Group receives more than $1 million from Dutch Postcode Lottery

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5 February 2015

LONDON: The Climate Group has been awarded a grant of €900,000 (US$1,020,000) by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.

The important donation was presented to our CEO, Mark Kenber, during the annual Dutch Postcode Lottery Charity Gala (Goed Geld Gala) in Amsterdam, on January 26.

During the charity gala, the lottery proudly announced that thanks to its 2.5 million participants, who bought more than 4 million lottery tickets collectively, a total of €312 million (US$354 million) will be distributed to non-governmental organizations in 2015.

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate group: “Thank you players and people of the Dutch Postcode Lottery. The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been a partner and supporter of The Climate Group for over seven years, working together with us on our annual Climate Week NYC for instance, and thanks to their donations they help making our work possible. The Dutch Postcode Lottery is also the principal funder for our project Bijli – Clean Energy for all. Thanks to the important funding for this project we received from the lottery two years ago, the initiative has now helped more than 30,000 people in rural areas of India to dramatically enhance their life through being connected to clean energy, with another 20,000 to be reached by the end of this year.

With 40% of India not connected to the power grid – which is also very unreliable – the Bijli project aims to provide clean and cheap renewable and solar-powered energy, instead of very dangerous kerosene and diesel lamps. Recently, our India Director Krishnan Pallassana visited one of the villages where Bijli has been an agent of social transformation.

The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds since 1989 to support organizations working toward a fairer and greener world. Half of the lottery’s annual turnover goes to charity. The lottery has steadily grown to become the biggest charity lottery in the Netherlands and supports 92 non-governmental organizations. Since its founding, the lottery has dispensed over €4.4 billion (US$5 billion) to its beneficiaries.

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