Patrick Ness, the award-winning children’s author of 'The Rest Of Us Just Live Here' hit Twitter Thursday to raise support for the Syrian refugees caught up in the European crisis, saying he would “match donations up to £10k to do *something* to help”. The campaign has since raised over £420,000 and continues to build as I write this.
The appeal was started after the body of a young boy, Aylan Kurdi, who was fleeing Syria washed up on the coast of Turkey sending shock waves around the world. On the Fundraising Page, Patrick Ness writes: 'I am fundraising to help with the Syrian refugee crisis because I can no longer stand to just tweet about it'.
Starting the appeal, Ness wrote on Twitter: “Okay, I don't know if this'll work but I'll match donations up to £10k to do *something* to help this refugee crisis.” The offer was soon matched by John Green, author of 'A Fault in Our Stars' and by JoJo Moyes, author of 'Me Before You'. Other donors include Anthony Horowitz, Derek Landy, Rainbow Rowell and David Nicholls amongst a host of many others.
Check out the latest donations for this 'Save the Children' campaign and how to donate if you want to by clicking HERE.