A London man has launched a crowd funding page to raise cash for Greece under the title ‘Let’s just get Greece sorted’.
In the past day, the site has seen over 8,000 contributions totaling over €130,000 by Tuesday 4pm Cyprus time. By 6pm this had gone up to over €180,000 from 12,000 contributors.
According to the man who launched the site, Marketing Manager Thom Feeney, 29, if every European contributed €3 the €1.6bn could be raised.
“All this dithering over Greece is getting boring. European ministers flexing their muscles and posturing over whether they can help the Greek people of not. Why don’t we the people just sort it instead?,” he says on the site. “The European Union is home to 503 million people, if we all just chip in a few Euro then we can get Greece sorted and hopefully get them back on track soon. Easy.”
It says pledge €3 and get a postcard sent from Greece of Alex Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister. “We’ll get them made and posted in Greece and give a boost to some local printers and post offices,” says Feeney.
Pledge €6 and get a Greek Feta and Olive salad, €10 and get a small bottle of Ouzo sent to you, and €25 will get you a bottle of Greek wine. One contributor asked on the site that ‘Photo with Varoufakis’, the Greek finance minister, be added as one of the perks to raise more cash.
“We promise that all profits will go to the Greek people and all products will be 100 per cent Greek,” Feeney said, adding that the products were not symbolic but real goods that would be sent from Greece.
He said he launched the site because he was fed up of the Greek crisis going round in circles, while politicians were dithering. “This is affecting real people,” said Feeney. “While all the posturing is going on, then it’s easy for the politicians to forget that. I just thought, sod it, I’ll have a crack.”
He said he has been overwhelmed with the response so far.
“I’m not just making a statement, this is a real attempt to do something. But at the very least it’s important to raise the issue of the plight of the Greek people at this time. Not just the profiles of politicians. We can help our Greek cousins by buying wonderful Greek produce such as feta, olives, wine and more. The trade will help Greece and the Greek people out of their current situation.”
Feeney said he had not been in contact with the Greek government but heard from a journalist that Tsipras had asked how he could be contacted.
If the target is not met, Feeney said the money collected would be returned.
“Hopefully we’ll make it though,” he said.
Funding can be donated here