Monday, January 25, 2010

Boy, 7, raises £80,000 for Haiti!!!

A seven-year-old boy from London who hoped to raise £500 for Haiti by a sponsored bike ride ended up raising more than £80,000.

Charlie Simpson, from Fulham, cycled five miles around South Park near his home to raise funds for Unicef's earthquake appeal.

His call for support touched the hearts of people around the world after he put a message on the JustGiving website, reports the BBC.

On his JustGiving page, Charlie said: "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."

His message caught people's imagination and spread like wildfire on the internet and was quickly picked up by TV stations.

Along with donations, Charlie was flooded with messages of support. One donor said: "Well done Charlie - you are an inspiration to us all."

Mum Leonora said she was stunned at how Charlie's idea had taken off: "What started off as a little cycle round the park with his dad has turned into something a lot bigger than that and we can't believe it.

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