A little boy set out on his bike, with one goal in mind: “I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti,” seven-year-old Charlie Simpson wrote on his JustGiving page.
His goal was to raise £500 for UNICEF UK. To date, he’s raised £168,793, or $273,884 U.S.
So how did Charlie’s little five mile bike-a-thon get so big? Chalk it up to charisma. British media got wind of Charlie’s generosity, and the donations started coming in from all over the world.
Little Charlie even has Prime Minister Gordon Brown talking about him on Twitter. “Amazed by response to the great fundraising efforts of 7 yr old Charlie Simpson for the people of Haiti,” he wrote, under his alias “Downing Street.”
Charlie is still accepting donations at his JustGiving website where his parents recently wrote:
To be honest, it is hard to know where to even begin thanking you all for your kind words, support and extraordinary generosity. We could never have dreamed of, or envisaged a response like this. Our friends and family obviously know how overwhelmed we are but I’m not sure how to convey our appreciation to those of you who we haven’t met before. I’m just going to say a huge thank you to all of you who have contributed, and to those of you who continue to donate… it couldn’t have been done without you!!!! THANK YOU!
All the money Charlie collects will be donated to UNICEF’s Haiti Earthquake Children’s Appeal.