Hoping to gather more backers to the cause, Indiegogo revealed how much a campaign supporting Greece has raised since the country missed its €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion) payment due to the International Monetary Fund.
The famous crowdfunding platform shared:
“The debt crisis in Greece has been all over the news this week, filled with criticism for the mismanagement of its finances and polarized opinions of what to do next. Through it all, the plight of 11.3 million people who have been suffering through IMF-imposed austerity measures has been reduced to a single lump sum and some pretty grim options.
“As is so often is the case in politics, the people affected by the crisis have become an afterthought. Thom Feeney, a UK marketer was tired of watching politicians debate their way to an agreement, so he started an Indiegogo campaign to rally the international community for help. Since the campaign launched just three days ago, the support has been incredible and humbling. Over 72,000 backers – the most in Indiegogo history – from 167 countries and territories have contributed almost €1.3M. And based on politics, you would never guess who the second most common contributors are: Germans.”
The infographic below shares more details about the campaigns and the funds:
“This is why Indiegogo was created. Because our platform is open, we make it it possible for anyone anywhere to make a difference, cutting through the political rhetoric and bureaucracy of gatekeepers like the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission. People from all over the world are helping out in the spirit of fixing what financial institutions have yet to remedy.
“As Thom Feeney explains on the campaign page, if every EU resident donates just €3 – or the price of a pint of ale – Greece can pay back its debt. It’s still €1.6 billion euros, but when it’s broken down on a human scale it doesn’t seem so impossible. We don’t know if the campaign will meet its goal, but as is often the case in crowdfunding, the message is just as important as funds raised, and the people of Greece have heard it.”
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