Amal, George Clooney Donate $500,000 To March For Our Lives
Power couple Amal and George Clooney are giving out $500,000 to the March for Our Lives rally, organized by the survivors of the Florida high school shooting.
The Clooneys are pulling out their wallet to help the students who survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that had claimed the lives of 17 people. Amal and George donated the amount in the name of their twins, Alexander and Ella.
The 56-year-old actor and his lawyer wife said they remain inspired by the students of the said school who are firm in taking a stand. To show their solidarity, Amal and George added that they will be taking part in the rally, set to happen on March 24 in Washington DC, which aims to stiffen gun control.
"In the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we're donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event," George told People.
This isn't a shocker for those who know the duo. In August, Amal and George's Clooney Foundation for Justice partnered with Southern Poverty Law Center to give $1 million to the victims of the Charlottesville rally.
Amal and George's move had created a ripple in the industry, as several celebrities and big names in the industry are taking part in actions to stop gun violence. Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg have also pledged $500,000 in the rally and said that they will join the march.
"We will join Amal and George Clooney on March 24 to stand alongside these remarkable young people," read the joint statement of the Katzenbergs.
Also following Amal and George's footsteps is Oprah Winfrey, who said she would be giving the same amount as the philanthropist couple to support the brave young men and women. Director Steven Spielberg along with Kate Capshaw also vowed $500,000 for the march.
March For The Victims
Alex Wind, one of the student survivors of the shooting, said on Face the Nation that the upcoming demonstration is just a start of an effort that hopes to strengthen and tighten gun laws. He cited previous deadly shootings that had killed innocent people.
"We will be marching for the 17 we lost at our school. We will be marching for everyone we lost at the Newtown Sandy Hook shooting, at Columbine, at Virginia Tech in San Bernardino, Orlando at the Pulse shooting and at Las Vegas," he said.
The suspect is 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who told the police that he went on a shooting spree at the school. He narrated that he secured extra bullets in his backpack and shot students in the hallway.