Greek Bailout Fund on Indiegogo
If you didn’t know, Greece is in pretty big trouble for reasons that are far too complicated for us to go into (mainly because we don’t fully understand it). Essentially, Greece borrowed a load of dosh that they now can’t pay back. This means the country is now stuck between the choice of prolonged austerity or defaulting on its debts and possibly even leaving the euro-zone. All bad things.
But one ambitious Joe thinks he can help and has started a crowdfunding campaign to save Greece from bankruptcy! Thousands of people have already chipped in a few euros for the Greek Bailout Fund which has been set up ‘to get Greece sorted and hopefully get them back on track soon’.
The campaign was founded by 29-year-old Brit Thom Feeney and on the Indiegogo Website he says, “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?”
It was started yesterday and already more than 5,500 people have donated money to the worthy cause, collecting more than €80,000 (around £56,000), with numbers growing hourly. We’d love to give you an accurate count of how much the campaign has now made but the webpage seems so overrun with traffic it won’t load!
But you’ll also be getting something for your donation – this is no charity! Just €3 can get you a postcard of the enigmatic Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, while €6 gets you a Greek feta and olive salad. Not a bad deal if you live in central London.
If you’re feeling seriously charitable €10 will get you a small bottle of Ouzo and if you’ve got the cash and are a Good Samaritan, €5,000 will get you an all-inclusive holiday for two in Athens!
With the €1.6bn that Greece owe to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), this might seem like a bit of a joke, but Feeney truly believes he/we can achieve something: “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,” adding “I’m confident the people of Europe will get this campaign and sometime soon we’ll all be raising a glass of Ouzo and having a bloody great big celebration.”
Get over to the Greek Bailout Fund Website, traffic permitting, and donate to the well worthy cause! There’s a bottle of ouzo in it for you…