On Monday, GoFundMe announced nonprofit organization, Equality Florida, has raised a total of $9 million for the victims of the June 12th Pulse Nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida. It was reported that more than 120,000 donors have 120 countries contributed funds to the cause.
Following the tragic incident, which left 49 dead and 53 injured, Equality Floirda launched a campaign on GoFundMe to raise $2 million for the victims and their families. Within one day, the campaign has successfully secured over $1.6 million. Speaking about the campaign’s success over the past few months, Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, stated:
“Equality Florida made two promises in the aftermath of Pulse. The first was to do everything we could to take care of the families left behind and the survivors of this heinous act of hate. Today we’ve kept that promise. Now our attention must focus entirely on fulfilling the second promise – to honor our dead with action. Thoughts, prayers and symbols are not enough. We will ensure the lasting memorial is the real change of uprooting anti-LGBT hatred, discrimination and violence in our culture.”
As part of the campaign, GoFundMe announced it will match up to $100,000 in contributions to the new Equality Florida campaign. GoFundMe CEO, Rob Solomon, commented:
“We are incredibly moved by the global outpouring of support for the Equality Florida campaign, and our thoughts remain with the victims and their families. Tens of thousands of individuals from all over the world came together to show that love wins. We want to thank the GoFundMe community for making their voices heard and standing together in the wake of this senseless attack.”
GoFundMe and Equality Florida teamed up to release a powerful video featuring survivors to thank donors from around the world for the tremendous outpouring of support in the wake of the attack.
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