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Charlie Simpson, 7-Year-Old, Raises $160,000 For Haiti

7:51 pm - 01/25/2010

LONDON — A young British schoolboy has raised more than 100,000 pounds ($160,000) Monday for Haiti's relief effort by cycling round his local park.

Seven-year-old Charlie Simpson was so upset by the images of Haiti's deadly earthquake that he asked his mother if she could help him set up a sponsored bicycle ride around a west London park.

Charlie originally hoped to raise 500 pounds (for UNICEF's Haiti appeal with Sunday's 5-mile (8-kilometer) bike ride, but his Internet page was flooded with donations.

He raised nearly 50,000 pounds in a single day. Charlie's story was splashed on the front page of Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper on Monday, and money is still flooding in.

"I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti," he said on his fundraising Web site.

The effort drew the attention of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, with his office Downing Street posting on Twitter: "Amazed by response to the great fundraising efforts of 7 yr old."

The boy's mother Leonora Simpson said she was amazed by the response. "We put it on the Web and that was it, it suddenly took off and we can't believe it," she said.


Charlie's Fundraising for Haiti page
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stepsolightly 26th-Jan-2010 04:31 am (UTC)
That's lovely! That child is amazing, and so is everyone who donated.
hot143chocolate 26th-Jan-2010 04:31 am (UTC)
this is heartwarming and awe-inspiring

someone should make a heartwarming & awe-inspiring movie out of it
childish 26th-Jan-2010 04:59 am (UTC)
They're on it, I'm sure.
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kekekekekekeke 26th-Jan-2010 04:37 am (UTC)
omg tell me your secrets plz
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branchness 26th-Jan-2010 04:34 am (UTC)
This is awesome, but I didn't realize just how poorly the dollar is doing. £100,000 is now only $160,000?
rex_dart 26th-Jan-2010 04:37 am (UTC)
I remember eight years ago when it was $1.30 to the pound and I still thought that was shitty at the time. If I were going there now I'd probably have a damn heart attack.
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dearmisterecho good job, Charlie!26th-Jan-2010 04:35 am (UTC)
kekekekekekeke 26th-Jan-2010 04:36 am (UTC)
that is so amazing :')

idk I'm trying to organize a fund-raiser and damn it's hard!!! maybe my cause is not as ~in vogue~ as Haiti- people have said my choice is "anti-American" lol :[ -and i lack the hook of a qt 7 year old

but anyways his website is pretty fly- anyone got a good recommendation of something similar for USAmericans?
kekekekekekeke 26th-Jan-2010 04:41 am (UTC)
any experiences with https://www.justgive.org/ ?
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holidaylights 26th-Jan-2010 04:37 am (UTC)

Good for him, and his parents.
rex_dart 26th-Jan-2010 04:42 am (UTC)
Well, I've never fully understood sponsoring someone doing an athletic activity, but that doesn't stop me from doing it so I did anyway.
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whatisurdamage 26th-Jan-2010 04:53 am (UTC)
This makes my heart happy :')
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childish 26th-Jan-2010 04:59 am (UTC)
He's such a nice kid he'd probably just give it away :(
Unless it's a really cool toy because he is seven after all
tourdefierce 26th-Jan-2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Dude. his catch phrase should have been:

"cuteness for haiti" because man, talk about working the cute 7-year-old angle! way to go. this is such an awesome story.
witherwings7 26th-Jan-2010 05:30 am (UTC)
This renews my faith in humanity.
pasdesanges 26th-Jan-2010 05:50 am (UTC)
good for him!
noir_aya 26th-Jan-2010 06:40 am (UTC)
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homasse 26th-Jan-2010 08:08 am (UTC)
Well, that made me tear up. :)
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