Increased annual support and a visit from the UKPPL

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised £600,000 for APOPO this year, directly helping people across the world who are living in fear of landmines and getting people with tuberculosis on life-saving treatment.

Last month, APOPO received a visit a team from the UK People's Postcode Lottery, including Jo Bucci, Managing Director, Louise Donkin, Team Manager and Amjad Ali Shaik, Networks Solution Architect. It was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our work to such an important supporter, and to learn more about how the UKPPL works. A few weeks later, Head of Public Fundraising Robin Toal, along with all the other UKPPL grantees, attended the annual UKPPL charities workshop in London, which opened with a picture of Jo with a rat on her shoulder.

The UK People’s Postcode Lottery launched in Britain in 2005 and offers players the chance to win a variety of daily prizes by entering their postcode into a prize draw. As well as the prizes they give back, a minimum of 31% of their income goes to charity organizations, such as APOPO.

Last month APOPO received the fantastic news that the UK People’s Postcode Lottery was raising its annual contribution to APOPO from £250,000 to £600,000! This funding will further enable APOPO to train its landmine detecting HeroRATs and send them to places like Angola, Cambodia and Zimbabwe where they have been making life safe for people like the kids at Ngola Luije school in Angola.

In 2016, People's Postcode Lottery, as part of Novamedia's international family of Postcode Lotteries, was named the world's top fundraising private charity donor, having donated £6.1 Billion to charities since 1989. Novamedia's Postcode Lotteries were number three on the overall list of the world's largest private charity donors. First and second place in the overall 2016 Charity Index are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. However, when it comes to organizations that actively fundraise, People’s Postcode Lottery leads at the top of the list.