George and Amal Clooney will donate $500,000 to the March for Our Lives, a demonstration to advocate for gun control in the wake of Wednesday’s tragic shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. The Clooneys will also participate in the event, which will take place in Washington, D.C. and throughout the U.S.
“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” George Clooney said in a statement on Tuesday. “Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”
Oprah Winfrey has pledged to match George Clooney and Amal Clooney’s $500,000 donation to “March for Our Lives,” an upcoming protest against gun violence organized by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 20, 2018
The March 24 rally is organized by five teenagers who survived Wednesday’s mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, in collaboration with the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety.