Kai Marash, an 11-year-old boy from Hitchin has raised over £500 in aid of Hope for Children, which will now be matched by the UK Government.
Using their new ‘fundraiser’ tool, Kai’s father, Lash, set up a Facebook fundraiser on behalf of his son ahead of his 12-hour gaming charity live stream on Saturday 23rd December.
Kai’s fundraising will go towards the charity’s Head Held High appeal, which is raising funds to improve access to a quality education for vulnerable children in Africa. Every pound personally donated by the public before 23 December 2017 will be matched by the UK Government with UK aid.
Kai originally set a fundraising target of £150, which Lash promised to match. But when Facebook announced that on Giving Tuesday they were matching donations up to £10,000 per charity, Kai’s fundraising quickly surpassed his target and now stands at £480 (at time of publishing), with a further £150 being donated by his father.
Kai’s charitable good deeds have already been acknowledged by his teachers at school, and on Tuesday 19th December, he came to the Hope for Children head office to receive a special certificate of thanks.
Lash Marash, father of Kai: “Kai had the idea of doing a charity gaming event. We were searching the charities listed on Facebook’s Fundraiser feature & we found Hope for Children. We wanted to support a charity that would give a chance for less fortunate children to help themselves. We saw that Help for Children were based locally & after watching the inspiring videos on YouTube decided to raise both funds & awareness for this amazing cause.”
Murielle Maupoint, CEO, Hope for Children: “All our hearts were touched when we heard about Kai and his desire to support our Head Held High appeal at this festive, giving time of year. When the Government match funding is taken into account it will mean this amazing boy will have raised over £1,000 to help children the same age as him in some of the poorest parts of the world access an education.”
If you'd like to donate to the Head Held High appeal you can do so by clicking the link below.