Monday 23 July 2018

Clooneys donate $500,000 to march against gun violence

George Clooney and his wife Amal. Photo: Getty Images
George Clooney and his wife Amal. Photo: Getty Images

Sam Blewett

Actor George Clooney has announced he and his wife Amal will donate half a million dollars (€405,000) to students organising protests against gun violence in the US, saying "our children's lives depend on it". He added that he would attend next month's protest in Washington DC with the human rights lawyer as he praised the "courage and eloquence" of the survivors of the Florida school shooting that killed 17.

Students have turned activists in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School atrocity and have led calls for stricter gun controls.

Clooney said they would make the donation to March For Our Lives in the names of their eight-month-old twins, Ella and Alexander.

Students from several Florida high schools also staged a walk-out yesterday in a showing of solidarity to the 17 people killed.

Irish Independent

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