Sunday, January 24, 2010

Seven-Year-Old Uses Pedal Power For Haiti

A seven-year-old boy has raised over £30,000 to help survivors of the Haitian earthquake.Skip related content

Charlie Simpson, from Fulham in south-west London, is cycling five miles around his local park to raise funds for UNICEF's Haiti Earthquake Children's Appeal.

He had hoped to raise £500 but as news of his challenge spread pledges flooded into his appeal.

On his JustGiving page, Charlie said: "I want to do a sponsored bike ride for Haiti because there was a big earthquake and loads of people have lost their lives.

"I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti.

"I am going to cycle around South Park as many times as possible. Please can you sponsor me and all your money will go to UNICEF who are collecting for Haiti."

Charlie's mother Leonora told Sky News that the idea was her son's alone.

"He saw news of the tragedy on television and said he wanted to do something and the bike ride was born from that."

Charlie's father Dan is taking him round the track with sister Alice and mum cheering him on.

UNICEF is providing emergency relief on water, sanitation, education and nutrition as well as supporting child protection.

UNICEF's David Bull said: "This is a very bold and innovative gesture by Charlie that shows he connects with and not only understands what children his own age must be going through in Haiti but is also wise enough to know that he can help them.

"The little seed - his idea - that he has planted has grown rapidly and his is a place well-deserved in the humanitarian world.

"On behalf on the many children in Haiti, I thank Charlie for his effort."

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