Boy's Idea Raises Money for Haiti

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A little boy in Great Britain has shown that anyone can rise up and do something meaningful in the face of disaster. His small idea to help Haiti sparked a massive response.

Charlie Simpson loves to ride his bike and he hates to see tragedy like the one which has brought Haiti to its knees.

"I saw the pictures on TV and I didn't really like what happened," said Simpson.

"He actually burst into tears and he just sat on my lap and then we had a chat about the things he could do and how he could go about it," said Simpson's mother.

Simpson decided to raise money biking around a nearby London park until he had reached five miles. He felt he would be lucky to raise 500 pounds.

"He made me do a sponsorship form for him, so we did that, and then he asked me to put it on the Web, so we put it on the Web and that was it, it suddenly took off and we can't believe it," Simpson's mother added.

Much to Simpson's surprise, pledges adding up to more than $150,000 poured in, better than $30,000 a mile.

"We sent it out on to the Web and it just went everywhere," Simpson said.

Those five miles and all that giving will allow Simpon's chosen charity, The United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, to buy and send huge amounts of desperately needed food, water and tents to Haiti.

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