The Big Lottery Fund is launching a free magazine in Wales with the help of Big Issue Cymru. BIG magazine will be given away with all copies of the Big Issue in Wales this week, and it aims to make people more aware of how their local communities are benefiting from lottery money distributed by the Big Lottery Fund.
The Big Lottery Fund reveals that it has invested £600 million in various projects across Wales since 1994, and by highlighting some of those projects in the new BIG magazine it helps National Lottery players to recognise how their weekly lottery spend really does help a variety of good causes.
“Wales has benefited greatly from the National Lottery and we believe it’s important that all lottery players know exactly where their money is spent,” said Ceri Doyle, Director of Big Lottery Fund Wales. “Every Lottery ticket they buy is helping fund worthwhile projects in their area and we have produced this magazine to show them exactly where their money has gone. Whether they play the weekly Lotto or any other National Lottery game, or just watch the weekly draws, it’s good to know that 28 pence of every pound played goes towards good causes.
“I suspect people may be surprised to hear that some projects close to where they live have received Lottery Funding, but the truth is, with more than 22,000 projects funded across Wales, we all live within a stone’s throw of a project that has received an award of Lottery money.”
Alex Hinds, Director of Big Issue Cymru, is equally enthusiastic about the BIG magazine project. “I am delighted at this opportunity to work in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund to distribute the first edition of their ‘BIG’ magazine along with the Big Issue,” he said. “I think that there is an obvious synergy between both organisations, particularly as both aim to assist the socially excluded and disenfranchised in society. We also involve local communities and make sure that the public know and care about our work.”
It’s always good to be reminded of the positive impact that lottery players are having on their local communities. Some £22 billion has been raised for good causes since the launch of the National Lottery in 1994, and every penny of that cash has come from the players themselves, so well done, and keep up the good work!
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