Essex County Council creates The Essex Lottery for local good causes

first_imgThe first charity to register is Support 4 Sight, which runs services for over 4,000 blind and partially sighted children and adults across Essex to help them be active and manage their daily needs.They are now one of over twenty local charities and community projects across Essex which have registered with The Essex Lottery ahead of its launch.Gary Hyams, Chief Executive, Support 4 Sight, said: “We were delighted to hear about the new Essex Lottery and to register as one of the good causes people can support when they buy their lottery tickets. We provide emotional support, equipment, training and regular social meet ups for people living with sight loss and their families and the additional funds we raise through the Essex Lottery will enable us to deliver more support.”GatherwellThe Essex Lottery is being run for Essex County Council by Gatherwell, a registered External Lottery Manager (ELM).Established in 2013, it runs lotteries for national charities including Age UK and Parkinson’s UK. In 2015, it became the UK’s first online local authority lottery provider, partnering with Aylesbury Vale District Council. It runs Your School Lottery.How to playThe £1 tickets for each weekly draw can be purchased online or by telephone. Players will also have the option of setting up a direct debit for regular participation.The weekly draw will take place every Saturday when a six-digit winning combination will be generated.The jackpot draw process is based upon the results of the Super66 game run by Lotterywest, which is part of the Government of Western Australia.WinnersDraw results will be published on the website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Winners will be notified via email or phone within two weeks of the lottery being drawn.PrizesThere is a jackpot prize of £25,000. To win that you will need to match all six numbers in the same order. This prize is guaranteed and is not dependent on how many tickets are sold.There is also a guaranteed prize raffle draw each week. Each ticket is unique and “has an equal chance of winning, irrespective of the game numbers chosen”. The winning ticket will be selected at random using the online resource random.org.“Raising money within the community, for the community”Councillor David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said that The Essex Lottery would “support community projects up and down the county, on the principle of raising money within the community for the community.“In a time of reduced funding and increased community need, we want to empower local charities and good causes to raise money in an easy and effective way while helping people to support the causes they care most about.” Tagged with: Community fundraising East Anglia lottery fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Essex County Council creates The Essex Lottery for local good causes Essex County Council has established a weekly lottery to help raise funds for community projects throughout the county. The Essex Lottery, expected to be “the largest County Council run lottery in the UK”, will launch in October.Tickets for the weekly lottery will cost £1. From each ticket sold, 60p will be donated to good causes – “more than double the National Lottery” according to the Council. Of this 50p goes straight to the player’s chosen charity (from those registered on The Essex Lottery website) and 10p will be donated to a central fund, which will be allocated to good causes as grants.Prizes will be made up from 20p per ticket, and the remaining 20p will fund the administration of the lottery and VAT.Which organisations can benefit from the Essex Lottery?To be eligible for funding from The Essex Lottery good causes need to be based in Essex and provide a service which directly benefits Essex residents.Registering an organisation on the site is free and straightforward, with no administration charge.Participating organisations will be featured on the lottery website, and receive personalised marketing materials, email and telephone support, all all free of charge.  About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 28 September 2017 | News  311 total views,  1 views today  312 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15last_img read more

Fifa urges Thailand to release Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

first_imgFifa has urged Thailand’s government to immediately release the Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who has been held in a Bangkok prison for nearly two months and fears he will be tortured and possibly killed if he is sent back to his home country.In a letter to Prayut Chan-o-cha, the prime minister of Thailand, Fifa warns that Araibi is “at serious risk of mistreatment in his home country”. It also stresses that Araibi should not have been arrested in Thailand while on his honeymoon because he was granted political asylum by Australia in 2017 after being tortured in Bahrain. Thailand Share on Pinterest Facebook Araibi was arrested in Thailand on 27 November on vandalism charges because of an Interpol red notice which had erroneously been issued at the request of Bahrain – contradicting Interpol’s own regulations that notices will not be issued “if the status of refugee or asylum-seeking has been confirmed”. Despite Interpol lifting the notice on 4 December, Araibi’s detention was extended for 60 days, pending a court verdict on whether to extradite him to Bahrain.However, the footballer believes Bahrain’s determination to extradite him is connected to comments he made in Australia three years’ ago about the torture he underwent in a Bahrain jail in 2012. Araibi also accused one of Bahrain’s most powerful figures, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa – a member of Bahrain’s ruling royal family and president of Asia’s governing body for football, who at the time was in the running for Fifa president – of discriminating against Shia Muslims and using his power to punish pro-democracy athletes who had protested against the royal family during the Arab spring in 2011.“This is nothing to do with my conviction, Bahrain wants me back to punish me, because I talked to the media in 2016 about the terrible human rights and about how Sheikh Salman is a very bad man who discriminates against Shia Muslims,” said Araibi, who once played for the Bahrain national team. “I am so scared of being sent back to Bahrain, so scared because 100% they will arrest me, they will torture me again, possibly they will kill me.”Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, the director of advocacy at the human rights watchdog Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, said Fifa must do more to help secure the footballer’s release. “While Fifa has reached out to the Thai authorities, they have yet to question their own senior vice-president Sheikh Salman. Why has he remained silent?” he said.“Fifa must also ensure that there will be consequences for both Bahrain and Thailand’s national teams if this persecution doesn’t end immediately. Fifa must do everything in their power to save Hakeem’s life,” he added. “Every second he spends in detention should be counted as a failure of Fifa to put its full weight behind this player.” Football politics Pinterest Australia sport Topics Share on Facebook Fifa Share on Twitter Share via Emailcenter_img Bahrain Bahraini refugee, Hakeem Al-Araibi, who lives in Australia, has been detained in Bangkok on a disputed Interpol warrant. Photograph: Hakeem Al-Araibi/The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn ‘Please help me’: refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi tells of his Thai jail ordeal “Mr Al-Araibi is currently being detained in prison in Thailand awaiting the outcome of extradition proceedings to Bahrain,” Fifa’s general secretary, Fatma Samoura says in the letter. “This situation should not have arisen, in particular, since Al-Arabi now lives, works and plays as a professional footballer in Australia, where he has been accorded refugee status.“When according refugee status to Mr Al-Araibi, the Australian authorities concluded that he is at serious risk of mistreatment in his home country,” she adds. “Fifa is therefore respectively urging Thailand to take the necessary steps to ensure Mr Al-Araibi is allowed to return safely to Australia at the earliest possible moment.”Fifa has also asked the Thais for a meeting with senior figures in its government and the players’ union Fifpro so the case can be resolved “in a humane manor”.In an interview with the Guardian from Bangkok Remand prison, Araibi said he was “terrified” and “losing hope” after being imprisoned since late November. “How can they keep me locked up like this?” he added. “Please help me, please. In Bahrain there are no human rights and no safety for people like me.” Read more Twitter Hakeem al-Araibi Reuse this contentlast_img read more