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Yesterday, EvolvePolitics reported that a Conservative student at the elite Cambridge University filmed himself burning a £20 note in front of a homeless man in Cambridge city centre. Antics such as these are sadly common place in many Conservative societies, especially the notorious Bullingdon Club, and the article sparked outrage and fury from tens of thousands of readers across the world.
How could this student be so mindless and care-free in flaunting his wealth and privilege in front of somebody who is in desperate need of help?
That is what the team at EvolvePolitics asked ourselves – over and over again.
Soon after, we decided to set up a JustGiving page for a local homeless shelter in the area called Jimmy’s – and the response so far has been overwhelming, with over £1800 being raised in under 24 hours. This will do wonders for the homeless people of Cambridge – and has created a positive ending to what was a despicable act.
Matt Turner, Assistant Editor of EvolvePolitics, said:
“In response to this shocking story, the team at new media outlet EvolvePolitics.com felt compelled to set up this fundraiser for Jimmy’s Shelter in Cambridge. We’d like to thank everyone who has shared the link or donated so far.
The article that we wrote on this story got an absolutely huge response – unlike anything that we’ve seen for months – the amount of outrage that we’ve seen in response to this indicated to us that our readers and the general public felt the same as us about this: that some good should come out of this wicked and despicable act.
The more we give to this brilliant cause – the clearer we make it that this kind of behaviour will be countered with acts of kindness that will always outweigh it a hundred times over. The perpetrator of this mindless act may have burned a £20 note in front of the homeless in Cambridge – but so far in response we’ve raised over £1500 for them. It’s time we turned their struggle into the story.”
Jimmy’s Shelter also got in touch with EvolvePolitics to express their gratitude to not only us but the hundreds of people who have donated so far. Jimmy’s is a Cambridge-based charity that welcomes 22 homeless men and women providing accommodation, support and resettlement. It is a place of hope where change is not just a possibility but a reality. They strive to enable people to regain confidence and independence and develop a settled lifestyle.
To donate – please click on this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EvolveJimmys
Alternatively, if you’d like to donate by text – you can text EPOL50 and the amount you’d like to donate to 70070.
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