Germans are donating the most to this Londoner's crowdfunded Greek bailout

Thom feeneyTwitterThom Feeney is a marketing manager in London.

Londoner Thom Feeney has so far raised a massive €568,555 (£402,700, $US632,081) for a Greek bailout via a crowdfunding website Indiegogo – and Germans are the biggest donors.

Feeney, a 29-year-old marketing manager from Bethnal Green in the City, started up the crowdfunding page late Monday and when Business Insider reported on his venture early Tuesday, he had raised over €20,000 (£14,173, $US22,281) from 1,419 people.

Since then the number is way above half a million euros after 34,762 people donated over the past two days – and the donations are still coming in thick and fast.

On Twitter this morning, Feeney revealed that Germans were giving the most money, while British people were the second most generous.

On the crowdfunding site, Feeney promised that all the money “will go to the Greek people,” and promises the various rewards for people’s donations (although it is unclear where these will come from).

  • Pledge €3 and get a postcard sent from Greece of Alex Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister. We’ll get them made and posted in Greece and give a boost to some local printers and post offices.
  • Pledge €6 and get a Greek Feta and Olive salad.
  • Pledge €10 and get a small bottle of Ouzo sent to you.
  • Pledge €25 and get a bottle of Greek wine.

“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?,” said Feeney on the crowdfunding 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.”

However, he said that the money will only be given to the Greeks if they meet the €1.6 billion target ($US1.8 billion), which Greece defaulted on paying last night. If he doesn’t hit the target, he said he will return all the money.

On his Facebook page, he sounded cautiously optimistic.

“Wow, my crowdfunding campaign to solve the Greek debt crisis has been reported on by The Independent, Mashable, Huffington Post and City AM. Shit, imagine if I did actually sort it out…”

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