Friday, January 29, 2010
Boy raises thousands in quake aid
A seven-year-old boy from London who was aiming to raise £500 for the Haiti quake relief effort through a sponsored bike ride has raised more than £72,000. Charlie Simpson, from Fulham, west London, cycled five miles (8km) 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.
Unicef thanked him "on behalf of the many children in Haiti". 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.
Unicef is helping to provide water, sanitation, education and nutrition, as well as supporting child protection. Money raised by Charlie will go towards its Haiti Earthquake Children's Appeal.