AND THE WINNER IS - WFP COLLECTS EURO ONE MILLION FROM DUTCH CHARITY LOTTERY
AMSTERDAM - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) became a beneficiary today of Euro 1 million (US$1.35 million), a donation unlike any other in its 40 year history - it virtually won the lottery.
The National Postcode Lottery (NPL) - the Netherlands' largest charity lottery that contributes 60 percent of its annual profit to carefully selected aid organizations and charities chose WFP to be among agencies that benefit from the lottery's profits each year.
In 2003, the lottery's revenue was Euro 362 million (US$488 million).
"We are thrilled and flattered to receive this generous and unique donation and, in fact, because of the stringent selection process, we feel like we truly won the lottery," said Jean Jacques Graisse, WFP's Senior Deputy Executive Director, who attended NPL's grant awarding ceremony yesterday in Amsterdam.
NPL's criteria are demanding. Forty-five organizations and charities worldwide currently benefit from the lottery, including a number of WFP's partners, such as UNHCR, UNICEF, Oxfam, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Save the Children, The Red Cross, Terre des Hommes, and others.
WFP was selected after a rigorous review process, which considers, amongst other criteria, an organization's commitment to humanitarian causes, the type of relief it offers, and how it complements the work of other lottery beneficiaries.
"NPL's objective is to contribute to a better world by raising funds for humanitarian organizations. In our view, WFP strives every hour of every day to make life less difficult to bear for the world's hungry," said Boudewijn Poelman, NPL's chairman.
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency. In 2003 WFP fed nearly 110 million people in 82 countries including most of the world's refugees and internally displaced people.
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