£1 million raised in three days in honour of Jo Cox . . . . reports Asian Lite News
A memorial fund launched in honor of the murdered MP Jo Cox has raised one million pounds in just three days. More than 30,000 people have donated generously from across the globe, in support of her warmth, love, energy, passion and belief in the humanity of every person in every place, from Yorkshire to Syria.
The fund was launched by Jo’s friends the day after her death, in close collaboration with her family and her husband Brendan Cox. Tim Dixon, close friend coordinating efforts to honour Jo’s legacy, said: “The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to Jo’s family. It shows how powerfully Jo’s story has moved so many. Jo would be so proud.”
The donations will support causes closest to Cox’s heart, chosen by her family: The Royal Voluntary Service, HOPE not hate, and The White Helmets. Funds raised for The Royal Voluntary Service will go towards combating loneliness in Jo’s constituency of Batley.
David McCullough, Chief Executive of the RVS, said: “We are shocked and saddened by the death of Jo Cox, she was an inspiration to all and we feel proud to have worked by her side. Jo was a friend and advocate of Royal Voluntary Service and she will be hugely missed by the charity and by those fortunate enough to have met her. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with her husband Brendan and their children, their family and friends.
Raed al Saleh, Head of The White Helmets, said: “We want to send deep gratitude to all who donated, we are very humbled by your generosity and care. With every donation you made you ensured that the world hasn’t forgotten about the Syrian civilians Jo fought for and that her message carries on. This solidarity and generosity proves that those who attacked Jo’s values will not win.”
Jemma Levene, Deputy Director at HOPE not hate, said: “All the team at HOPE not hate were devastated to hear of Jo’s brutal murder, and humbled that her family chose us as one of the beneficiaries from the fund started in Jo’s memory. We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support of the general public, and are determined that whatever funds we receive will be used to support our work in exposing and combatting extremism. The strength of support given to the fund highlights how Jo’s achievements, goals and ideals resonated with so many, and we will do all that we can to help build her legacy through our work.”
On Wednesday 22 June, Jo Cox would have turned 42. In memory of Jo, her family, friends and all those who loved and cherished her, will come together to show the world there is more that unites us than divides us. Events across the world will take place simultaneously, including in Batley, London, Brussels, New York, Washington DC, and Nairobi. The gathering of thousands of people in love and solidarity for Jo is proof of the strength of, and support for, her ideas and values.
The main event will be in Trafalgar Square, London at 16.00 BST where supporters will come together to both celebrate Jo’s life and demonstrate a collective desire to give a voice to the voiceless and to treat everyone with respect and dignity, especially those we disagree with.
The events, set up to mark what would have been Jo’s 42nd birthday, fall the day before Glastonbury, where an additional commemoration will highlight the memory of the former Oxfam activist. Artists including Coldplay, Muse and Foals will contribute a song recorded during their forthcoming Glastonbury sets to Oxfam Presents: Stand As One – Live at Glastonbury 2016, a special live album in support of Oxfam’s work with refugees worldwide. The album is dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, who campaigned tirelessly for refugees.