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Young entrepreneur raises over £600K for charity

Words by Blyth Brentnall

The 27-year-old founder of digital raffle Raffolux, Gerry Lianos, is celebrating having raised over £600,000 for charity while giving away £10 million worth of prizes. 

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Gerry Lianos’s raffle business raised the funds over just four years after Gerry stepped away from a promising legal career to set up Raffolux in 2019. With a passion for philanthropy, he designed the raffle so that competitors could select a cause to donate to with each 99p ticket purchased. 

The platform has formed partnerships with many brilliant charities including Alzheimer's Society, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Mental Health UK.

"Ever since I was young, giving back to good causes has always been a passion of mine," said Gerry. "Whether it was through volunteering for various charities or tutoring children from disadvantaged backgrounds, the desire to help others has remained constant."

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

St Mungo’s. St Mungo’s is a leading UK homelessness charity supporting over 3150 people every night. Help them end homelessness and rebuild lives. Support them here.

Centrepoint. This charity supports homeless young adults aged 16-25, and aims to end youth homelessness in the UK. Find out more here.

Emmaus. Emmaus is a UK based charity and community working together to end homelessness. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Partnership for the Goals.

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