A British man has launched a campaign on Indiegogo to raise cash for Greece’s debt bailout – although it closed ahead of schedule after causing Indiegogo to crash.
Community workspace WeWork employee Thom Feeney launched the campaign, offering traditional Greek food and drink such as a postcard of Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras for €3, a feta and olive salad for €6 and bottles of Ouzo or Greek wine to fund the project. All items are guaranteed to be genuine Greek goods and they will be dispatched from the country.
When asked whether the campaign is a joke, Feeney said: “Crowdfunding can really help because it’s just a case of getting on and doing it. 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.”
However, just a few days after the campaign was launched, it crashed the Indiegogo site and although it managed to raise a whopping €1.9m thanks to the kindness of 108,654 people in eight days, the campaign has now been closed – presumably by Indiegogo.
“This isn’t just about Greece, but about the Greek people, the working classes and trying to help other ordinary people across the world. If governments, corporations or banks won’t help, what can we do but band together,” Feeney continued.
“If we don’t reach that target, what a wonderful message it sends out. It shows that whether you’re a working class lad in Yorkshire, Scotland or Athens other people around the world care about you, even if your government has forgotten. You can make a difference.”