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Winfrey, Clooney, Spielberg Each Vow US$500K to Anti-Gun Rally

  • Oprah Winfrey (L) and George Clooney

    Oprah Winfrey (L) and George Clooney | Photo: Reuters

Published 21 February 2018

Students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are involved in planning the rally, which will be held in Washington D.C.

Hollywood heavy-hitters are making contributions to the upcoming Washington D.C “March for Our Lives” rally, which was planned after the school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.

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On Tuesday, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg pledged US$500,000 each in support of the youth event to promote gun control.

“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 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it,” Clooney said in a statement.

Clooney's wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, will also participate in the rally. Late Tuesday, Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw, as well as Winfrey, said that they would match the Clooneys’ donation.

“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,” media mogul Winfrey posted to Twitter.

“The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages,” Spielberg and Capshaw, wrote in an email.

Spielberg collaborator and co-founder of Dreamworks Studios Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn also pledged $500,000 and participation in the march.

“(My wife) Marilyn and I are proud to stand with the brave young leaders from Parkland, Florida, who have taken their pain and grief and turned it into action," the statement says. "We will join Amal and George Clooney on March 24 to stand alongside these remarkable young people. We are also donating $500,000 to March for Our Lives to support this historic event.”

Donations can be made through Marchforourlives.com.

Students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are involved in planning the rally.

Several other rallies have started. On Tuesday, students marched on Florida's state capital to demand the ban of assault rifles.

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