The 29-Year-Old Brit Crowdfunding Greece

A 29-year-old shoe shop employee from Britain has decided he’s had enough of the Greek debt crisis and is crowdfunding to help Greece meet its IMF repayment of €1.6bn.

Thom Feeney’s crowdfunding page on IndieGoGo, called the “Greek Bailout Fund” has already raised over €460,000 from 29,000 people in just two days.

“All this dithering over Greece is getting boring. European ministers flexing their muscles and posturing over whether they can help the Greek people of not. Why don’t we the people just sort it instead?,” Feeney says on his page.

“The European Union is home to 503 million people, if we all just chip in a few Euro then we can get Greece sorted and hopefully get them back on track soon. Easy.”


Pic: Thom Feeney. Source: Twitter.

For a pledge of €3, people receive a postcard of Alex Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister. The postcards will be made and posted in Greece to boost local printers and post offices. For a pledge of €6, people receive a feta and olive salad, for €10, they receive a small bottle of Ouzo, and for €25, a bottle of Greek wine.

And if the target isn’t reached, Feeney says all the money will be refunded.

“I’m not just making a statement, this is a real attempt to do something. But at the very least it’s important to raise the issue of the plight of the Greek people at this time. Not just the profiles of politiicians. We can help our Greek cousins by buying wonderful Greek produce such as feta, olives, wine and more. And maybe considering Greece as a holiday destination. That’s part of the idea behind each of the perks on the crowdfunding page. Trade will help Greece and the Greek people out of their current situation.”

Will the power of the people work? Track the Greek bailout fund page here.

Main pic: Mariusz Kluzniak, via Flickr