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#PPLCharity – Charity Gala 2019 – People’s Postcode Lottery

#PPLCharity – Charity Gala 2019 – People’s Postcode Lottery


Thank you for your passion, your
commitment and your energy, which you bring to the room. To create lasting
change. With you, we have been able to build a fantastic Postcode Lottery here
in Britain. More than ever I think we need each other’s strength in the joint
fight for justice. – 2018 was another year where we set big targets. To increase our player base, and ultimately increase the amount that we raise for good causes
every month. – [BOTH SINGING] Someone’s knocking on the door, somebody’s ringing the bell – Amref Health Africa’s ambition is
the same as my own. To end female genital mutilation in Africa. And, we won’t stop
until every girl in Africa or beyond can again be the woman of her dreams. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery are also supporting Amref’s new campaign ‘Health In Her Hands’ which aims to shine a light on the women like me working across
Africa to better their health in their communities. I can tell you with
full conviction – the time for change is now Girls are standing up for their own
rights. Communities are looking for change, and the solution is in our hands. Together, we should, we can, and we are
creating a better world for a generation of girls to come. – Thank you Nice. Thank
you Nice. You are a true leader. A true leader not only to women and girls in Africa,
but a true leader to all of us here together. So, I’m deeply humbled,
but it’s my honor to – in your name – to award Amref Health Africa, and you
with a Postcode Hero Award. [APPLAUSE] – I stand here today, because my mother
believed in education. My mother, born into poverty in North Borneo, left school
because she had to work. She was the sole breadwinner for her family. Her mother
before her, had an arranged marriage and had nine children. I am the first
generation of women from my mother’s family to choose, who I married, how many children I had and to finish my education. And that’s why I am proud to
be here to contribute to our mission of rights for all. As you know, these are
challenging times and even the smallest locally-run organisations are having to
compete for funding. Never has the support of our players been so important
to so many. I am delighted to announce that we have a new charity total. To date,
our players have raised… £404 Million! – To everyone in this room. First of all
, this is a spectacular organisation. This is, I think, it’s the third-largest donor
in the world. That’s just behind the Bill Gates, you know. This is a really
special thing. – One of our main Foundation projects, is one to do with courts. And
basically, the idea is courts are usually the best way for people’s human rights
to be protected, and upheld. But in many countries around the world they’re
actually being used to oppress, and suppress people’s rights. And so we’re
looking at particularly vulnerable groups that include journalists, women
and girls, religious minorities, LGBT. The groups that are actually being targeted
through the courts, where governments are basically hiding behind judges and
prosecutors to silence people when they get criticised. Or to oppress groups who
are sort of minorities or women. We’re conducting monitoring all over the world.
So, we’ve got people in courtrooms who are taking notes about what’s happening.
They’re using an app that we’ve developed with Microsoft to record the
results. And the idea is, A) We can actually fight for justice and
individual cases. We can fund or conduct advocacy, when there has been an
injustice in an individual case. But over time, we’re also gathering data in a way
that will allow us to plot all of the countries of the world in a justice
index. And that can be useful for many reasons in terms of which countries
should people be investing in and which country should be receiving aid etc. And
it’s just something that doesn’t exist at the moment so we have a way of
knowing whether an election is free or fair. We have indexes that measure
corruption and other things, but we don’t know at the moment the extent to which
judicial systems are being abused. So we want to fill that gap. – What motivates both of you, because, you don’t have to do all of this extraordinary work that
you do. Why are you both so driven and that you’ve come together, with a core
purpose to achieve something and to leave the world different. – Well, I grew up in the 60s, in the States so we had you know
the civil rights movement, and the women’s rights movement and the anti-Vietnam war movement. And that generation, the generation that I grew up with. You had
to be involved. You were required to, it was part of your DNA. But, you know, I
didn’t I didn’t grow up in a play. I look at you know I feel as if, most of the
things that happen to both of us, but you know, to to all of us in the room in a
way. A lot of the good things that happen is there’s some luck involved, you know.
You create a lot of luck, but you need some luck, you need a break along the way. And I look around and think, well, if you ended up getting lucky, then you should
share that luck, and you should spread it out. It should be spread very thin along
a lot of people who need it. I’ve always felt that way and I was raised that way
from a very young age. And Amal and I from the minute we’ve been together,
always felt that. You know, we felt like finding each other was one of the
luckiest things we could ever do, and we felt like well that should be. Everyone should have a piece of luck like that. – I have been asked to
present, this evening, the People’s Postcode Lottery Hero Award to Amal and George Clooney. It’s a tough job , but somebody has to do it! [LAUGHTER] [APPLAUSE] And, that’s not all… [APPLAUSE] – Creativity, collaboration, solutions. Dream Fund allows charities to think big and at a total of £3 Million. Tonight, they are thinking bigger than ever before.

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