Postcode Lottery Head Receives Prestigious Club of Rome Award
Boudewijn Poelmann, co founder of of the Dutch version of the People’s Postcode Lottery, received the esteemed ‘Club of Rome Award 2009′ for the very concept of the Postcode Lottery, the charity lottery operating in Holland, Sweeden and the UK which gives millions to good causes. This prize praises the effort of the lottery in placing sustainable development at the forefront of the public agenda. Boudewijn was also joined by former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and former Secretary General of the Brundtland Commission, Jim McNeill, to accept the award.
In 1972 the Club of Rome think tank published the damming ‘Limits to Growth’ report, within which the organisation issued a stark warning against unrestricted growth of both the global population and economy and the devastating effect this would have on the environment. The Club of Rome consists of 100 politicians, scientists, businessmen and world leaders in various fields- delegates who congregate annually to discuss the ‘Predicament of Mankind and the World Problematique’. Subsequent reports have highlighted many underlying issues of the current world crisis -from food production and resource depletion to pollution and poverty.
The Club of Rome said of Boudewijn’s award: ‘The Postcode Lottery has a unique approach promoting sustainable development to the large part of the public, at the same time opening their eyes for information which otherwise would never reach the masses. Its founding father is Boudewijn Poelmann, and by awarding him our Prize, we want to emphasize the enormous importance of his work, and the uniqueness of this ‘agenda for the planet’
Congratulations to Boudewijn Poelmann!
The People’s Postcode Lottery is the UK’s charity lottery, having given over £6 million in support for charities.