Londoner starts online campaign to pay Greece’s debt

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 30.06.2015 16:57
Updated 30.06.2015 17:01
A man withdraws sixty Euros, the maximum amount allowed after the imposed capital controls in Greek banks, at a National Bank of Greece ATM in Piraeus port near Athens, Greece June 30, 2015 (Reuters Photo)
A man withdraws sixty Euros, the maximum amount allowed after the imposed capital controls in Greek banks, at a National Bank of Greece ATM in Piraeus port near Athens, Greece June 30, 2015 (Reuters Photo)

British Thom Feeney started an online crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo called "Greek Bailout Fund," to help pay off Greece's debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which currently stands at around 1.6 billion euros and is due on Tuesday, June 30.

Feeney says he started the page out of desperation and frustration with the political process, writing on the campaign page, "I was fed up of the Greek crisis going round in circles, while politicians are dithering, this is affecting real people. While all the posturing is going on, then it's easy for the politicians to forget that. I just thought, sod it, I'll have a crack."

Feeney is a 29 year-old Londoner who works in a shoe shop and has never been involved with Greek politics, Greek leaders, or even Indiegogo.
With the target 1.6 billion euros sitting at the top of the campaign page, Feeney writes that, if the target isn't reached, all donor contributions will be refunded.

Donors have the option of choosing what thank you products they are to receive if they contribute to the campaign, ranging from a postcard of Prime Minister Alex Tsipras to a Greek feta and olive salad – all of which will be sent from Greece and are guaranteed to be "100% Greek".

On to the campaign's page, Feeney writes, "€1.6bn is what the Greeks need. It might seem like a lot but it's only just over €3 from each European. That's about the same as half a pint in London. Or everyone in the EU just having a feta and olive salad for lunch."

The campaign comes before a referendum on further austerity measures proposed by the IMF is due Sunday, which may be followed by a possible "Grexit" from the eurozone.

Indiegogo is an online platform users can make campaign pages on to raise funds for various self-promoting or social causes.

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