Tickets for this year’s Channel Islands Christmas Lottery are available island-wide from today. Economic Development has marked the launch by presenting a cheque for £419,572 to the Association of Jersey Charities, reflecting the real and positive impact funds raised from the Channel Islands Lottery have on local organisations. The Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Deputy James Baker presented the cheque to Phillip Callow, Treasurer of the Association of Jersey Charities.
The funds, which are made up of the Jersey proceeds of the 2011 Christmas Lottery and the year-round scratch cards, will be distributed amongst local charities, enabling them to continue their valuable work within the community.
Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Deputy James Baker commented, ‘The Channel Islands Lottery is an opportunity for Islanders to contribute to the on-going work of our local charities whilst being in with the chance of winning and realising their own dreams. Many of these charities rely on grants made possible by the Lottery so we urge Islanders to continue to show their support by buying a Christmas Lottery ticket. The more tickets Islanders buy, the more money we can give to charity next year.’
Bronia Maçon, PR Fundraising Manager from the charity, Les Amis, commented, ‘The grants we receive as a result of the Channel Islands Lottery are absolutely vital and without them we would have difficulty raising funds for capital projects. We will be using our grant from the 2011 Lottery funds to purchase a specially-built wheelchair vehicle for a young resident, which will be delivered to us in time for Christmas.’
Jane Moy, Chief Executive Officer for Centre Point Trust said, ‘We probably wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the support we have received as result of the Channel Islands Lottery. It’s that simple.’
Tickets for the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery cost £1 and are available from retailers across the Island. There will be a rising first prize starting at £300,000 and the numbers will be drawn on 20th December 2012.