2 September 2020
By Mary Bermingham
Data revealed by the National Lottery has shown how it continues makes a big impact on towns and communities right across Ireland, including Co Cork. The study found that over 710 Good Causes projects were supported in Cork in 2018 and 2019.
Approximately 91% of revenue generated by the National Lottery goes back into the community through prize winnings, funding for Good Causes and retailer commissions.
Speaking on these national figures, Nikki Gallagher, Head of Corporate Affairs at the National Lottery, said:
“With an average of 143,000 people in Cork playing National Lottery games every week, a huge amount is raised for local community groups, projects and sports clubs each year. While it has been a challenging year for such organisations, National Lottery players are responsible for supporting thousands of organisations and groups in towns and villages across Ireland in the areas of Irish Language, Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage, Rural and Community Development, Children and Youth Affairs and Sport. Nearly 30 cent in every €1 goes directly to the Good Causes Fund.”
County Cork’s Blackwater Sub Aqua Club benefits from Lotto funding
Over 710 Good Causes projects were supported in Cork in 2018 and 2019, and on average, 4,000 clubs, groups and voluntary organisations are supported every year across Ireland. One such organisation which has benefitted in the past from National Lottery funding in Co. Cork is Blackwater Sub Aqua Club based in Fermoy.
The Blackwater Sub Aqua has been involved in at least 200 search and recovery operations across Ireland often working in the most difficult of condition. Over the years, the Blackwater Sub Aqua club has received a number of allocations from the National Lottery. The combination of dedicated divers, experienced support teams and high-quality, well-maintained equipment makes the Blackwater Sub Aqua club a simply essential part of search and rescue services and as it is a completely voluntary body every cent it can get in funding is very warmly received.