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Thousands give to 'bailout' crowdfunding page

Vicky Shaw

Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30

Thom Feeney
Thom Feeney

Thousands of people have donated cash to a "bailout fund" for Greece which has been set up on a crowdfunding page by a London-based man.

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Thom Feeney (29) aims to raise €1.6bn with the page on website Indiegogo - and by yesterday afternoon more than 12,000 donors had collectively given more than €180,000.

The web page asks people to "just chip in a few euro then we can get Greece sorted".

Mr Feeney's page has had more than 97,000 shares on Facebook and more than 20,000 shares on Twitter.

Mr Feeney, who says he works in a shoe shop, wrote on the website: "I can understand why people might take it as a joke, but crowdfunding can really help because it's just a case of getting on and doing it. I was fed up of the Greek crisis going round in circles, while politicians are dithering, this is affecting real people."

Mr Feeney says that if he does not get to the ambitious €1.6bn target, which he is aiming to reach in seven days, all the money will be refunded, adding: "Hopefully we'll make it, though!"

Irish Independent

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