Book Aid International’s Chair, Lord Paul Boateng was one of the keynote speakers at People’s Postcode Lottery charity gala, held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 28th January. The gala, which was held at the Mansfield Traquair in central Edinburgh, celebrated the contribution that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have made to a range of good causes.
Lord Boateng was invited to speak to represent some of the charities who have newly joined People’s Postcode Lottery’s list of supported organisations. Book Aid International was awarded £175,000 by players of People’s Postcode Lottery in November 2014. We, along with all supported charities, were also delighted to receive an extra £25,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery at the charity gala.
Some of the money raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery will support Book Aid International’s ‘Open Doors’ programme in Malawi, which will create Children’s Corners in five libraries in Malawi, where children can read, play and study in a safe and engaging environment. Book Aid International will provide 2,500 brand new children’s books for each Corner, as well as supporting refurbishment and training local librarians to engage with children and local schools and communities.
Lord Boateng spoke of the generosity of players of People’s Postcode Lottery (25% of every ticket purchase goes directly to good causes) and the impact that the funding would have for charities such as Book Aid International. He spoke personally about the impact of books provided by Book Aid International on his own life as a young African growing up in the Gold Coast and Ghana.
He said: “Africa today has the youngest demographic in the world. The generosity of many thousands of individual donors and volunteers who support Book Aid International and the recent funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery are literally life-transforming. These books, and the dedicated library spaces in which they will be made available, will make a significant contribution not only to individual lives but to the development of the continent itself. These young minds are Africa’s greatest asset. Books both liberate and inform. There can be no greater gift.”
To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £58.6 million for charities and good causes. The gala dinner was attended by representatives of over 50 charities.