National action day Beirut starts, counter stands at over 5 million

The national day of action for the victims of the explosion in Beirut has begun. In the meantime, the counter for the fundraising campaign has reached 5,009,477 euros.

“A wonderful start of the action day”, says action chairman of Giro555 Garance Reus-Deelder (Plan International Netherlands) . “Let’s do everything in our power to increase this amount today, so that we can help many more victims of the disaster.”

The Cooperating Aid Organizations, united in Giro555, ask all day long for support to help the Lebanese population. Since Friday, the aid organizations have been calling in spotlights to donate. Within three days 2.2 million euro came in.

Action day mainly online

The action day started from Studio 47 in Hilversum, where a small action centre has been set up. The day is supported by NPO, RTL, Talpa Network and Facebook and will mainly take place online because of the corona measures. On the Facebook page of Giro555 there will be a live stream with performances by Lebanese and Dutch artists.

At 7 p.m. there is an extra broadcast of tv program Op1, which is dedicated to the action day.

Also, an American yellow school bus with BN’ers goes across the country to collect. At 1 p.m. a new intermediate stand will follow and at midnight the final stand will be announced.

On board the bus people who have a connection with Lebanon and tell what they hear from acquaintances in Beirut: