Ireland is one of the most generous countries in the world, says GoFundMe

by Rachel Darcy

Over 20,000 GoFundMe campaigns have been created in Ireland since the site launched, it has been revealed.

The fundraising site have said that over €40 million has been donated to a variety of Irish causes, from sports campaigns to education and medical, from over 860,000 donations. 

GoFundMe have said these figures mean that Ireland is the most generous country in the world, with more people per capita donating to campaigns on the site than any other country in the world.

Rob Solomon, Chairman and CEO of GoFundMe, said: “Millions of people across Ireland are paving the way for a worldwide explosion in online giving.

“With 1 in 10 people here using GoFundMe to give quickly, safely and securely to the personal causes they care about most, GoFundMe has become Ireland’s ‘Take Action’ button. We are delighted that more and more Irish people are supporting those in need.”

The Top Five biggest Irish campaigns to date are:

  • Shan’s treatment– a campaign for Shan to receive life-saving cancer treatment in America
  • Sean Cox– a campaign that has raised over €1 million to support Sean Cox who was stabbed outside Anfield before the Champions League match against Roma.
  • Friends of Kieran – a campaign for former Cork Senior Footballer Kieran O’Connor to support him and his family with current living and future medical expenses to beat Ewing’s Sarcoma Cancer 
  • Miriam Joy Cancer Fund – a campaign which has raised almost a quarter of a million euro for a young mum & teacher’s cancer treatment.
  • Search for Séamus on Mt. Everest – this campaign took place when Séamus tragically fell on his descent of the mountain, to help fund the search efforts. 

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