Celebrities Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney both gave new meaning to “putting your money where your mouth is,” after they both pledged to donate an astronomical amount of money to help end gun violence in America.
Following the horrific school shooting on Valentine’s Day at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people; students from the school decided it was time for action. So they are organizing a March 24 protest called “March for Our Lives” where they plan to speak out against gun violence and urge lawmakers to enact new gun control measures.
In a statement, Clooney announced that he and his family planned to attend the protest march in Washington D.C. and stated:
“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School. Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country.”
The A-list star also added:
“In the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”
Incredibly hours later, Oprah tweeted a response to Clooney’s fantastic gesture.
“George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives,'” she wrote. “These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.”
So far the event has raised more than $700,000 of it’s $1 million objective on GoFundMe.
— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) February 18, 2018
Cameron Kasky, a student at Stoneman Douglas and one of the leaders of the march, declared:
“We are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives,” Kasky told ABC’s “This Week.”
There are also other events planned for March. According to the Associated Press, the organizers behind the Women’s March, as well as other groups, are calling for a 17-minute nation-wide school walkout on March 14.
This year could be the turning point where America finally starts to fight back against the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its heartless blood-stained political agenda.
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