A young boy, Charlie Simpson raises more than £150,000 ($240,000) for the Haiti earthquake. He had hoped to raise just £500 for UNICEF’s earthquake appeal by cycling eight kilometers (five miles) around a local park. He put on his JustGiving page. a fundraising site which launched his efforts, “My name is Charlie Simpson. I want to do a sponsored bike ride for Haiti because there was a big earthquake and loads of people have lost their lives”.
“I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti,” he said.
Donate to Charlie Simpson’s Haiti fundraising page. With that simple call, support flooded the site.
Even British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is spreading the message. His “Downing Street” Twitter alias said: “Amazed by response to the great fundraising efforts of 7 yr old Charlie Simpson for the people of Haiti.”
David Bull, UNICEF’s UK executive director described Simpson’s efforts as “very bold and innovative.”
“It shows he connects with and not only understands what children his own age must be going through in Haiti,” Bull said in a press statement.
“On behalf of the many children in Haiti, I thank Charlie for his effort.”
Money raised by Simpson will go towards UNICEF’s Haiti Earthquake Children’s Appeal which will provide water, sanitation, education, nutrition as well as support child protection.
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