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People in Ireland donate more than 677,000 euro to coronavirus campaigns

There have been more than 20,000 donations made to Covid-19 GoFundMe campaigns in Ireland.

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There are now more than 200 Covid-19 campaigns in Ireland (Jacob King/PA)

There are now more than 200 Covid-19 campaigns in Ireland (Jacob King/PA)

There are now more than 200 Covid-19 campaigns in Ireland (Jacob King/PA)

One in every two online campaigns started in Ireland over the past seven days have been related to Covid-19, fundraising platform GoFundMe has said.

More than 20,000 donations have been made, with over 677,000 euro donated to these campaigns.

There are now more than 200 Covid-19 campaigns in Ireland.

They were started by people who want to help those who have been affected most by coronavirus, from support for charity events that were cancelled, funds to buy medical supplies and meals for the vulnerable in local communities.

Cian O’Flaherty, who organised a fundraising campaign to feed hospital and emergency workers, said those at the front line are grateful for the public’s generosity.

The Feed The Heroes campaign raised almost 200,000 euro in a number of days.

“We have been blown away by the depth of public support for our campaign, it’s an honour to be in charge of an incredible voluntary team with a critical mission in this difficult time,” the organiser added.

“The front line are incredibly grateful for public generosity and will make sure that these funds are put to good use and have an impact.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported Feed The Heroes and donated on GoFundMe.”

Other Covid-19 fundraising campaigns in Ireland include an initiative to raise money for protective equipment for frontline workers in hospitals.

Maia Dunphy launched a fundraiser to help homeless people through the Covid-19 crisis by raising money for Merchants Quay Ireland and Inner City Helping Homeless.

Model Roz Purcell created the Feasta Cookbook for the Mater & Mercy Hospitals, while a campaign to help student nurses who are working full time but without pay during the crisis is also ongoing.

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