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Greek Debt Crowdfunding Drive Raises €200K

(c) Sky News 2015

A crowdfunding drive launched by a 29-year-old Londoner to raise €1.6bn for a Greek bailout fund has raised €200,000 in donations.

The campaign on indiegogo aims to "get Greece sorted" before the country defaults on its latest debt repayment.

Writing on the campaign website, Thom Feeney, who works in a shoe shop, called for Europeans to chip in and support Greece.

"€1.6bn is what the Greeks need," he writes.

"It might seem like a lot but it's only just over €3 from each European.

"That's about the same as half a pint in London. Or everyone in the EU just having a feta and olive salad for lunch."

The campaign encourages people to pledge €3 in exchange for a postcard from the Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras.

Those who donate €6 will receive a Greek feta and olive salad, while a €10 donation gets you a bottle of Ouzo.

More than 15,000 people have donated so far, raising €234,000.

The campaign was so popular that the indiegogo page crashed on Tuesday night.

A message on the site said: "The Greek Bailout Fund campaign page is experiencing some issues due to its astonishing popularity. It should be back up shortly."

Mr Feeney added on the website: "I'm not just making a statement, this is a real attempt to do something.

"But at the very least it's important to raise the issue of the plight of the Greek people at this time."

Greece submitted a plan to creditors for a two-year rescue deal just hours before Athens is likely to default on the payment.

A statement released by Mr Tsipras said Athens remains at the negotiating table amid uncertainty over the country's place in the euro.