HRH Prince Harry has made a personal donation to an online #Filltheseats campaign to enable 10,000 Brazilian kids to watch Rio Paralympics Games live. It has not been disclosed how much the Prince Harry donated however, so far the crowdfunding campaign has raised $53,773 from 629 people.
The campaign has been running for 14 days and has the backing of the International Paralympic Committee and the Rio 2016 organizing committee. #FillTheSeats was set up by Londoner Greg Nugent, a 42-year-old former marketing director for the London 2012 Games, to ensure the athletes at Rio 2016 compete at packed venues, following poor ticket sales. It initially aimed to raise 15,000 US dollars to send 500 youngsters to the Games but, after generating 20,000 dollars in one week, the International Paralympic Committee and the Rio 2016 organizing committee called for the campaign stay open.
Prince Harry Invictus Game Team
The Prince Harry has long held an active role in encouraging participation in sport. He created the Invictus Game, which is an international Paralympic style event for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel, in 2014.
The last event was in May 2016 and 11 athletes who featured in the games are set to compete in the upcoming Paralympics in Rio.
A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “Prince Harry is following closely the Invictus Games champions who are competing in Rio and this is one way he is lending support to their efforts.”
Prince Harry who has remained a patron of the contest sent a good luck message via a number of Tweets on Monday to the Invictus Games competitors taking part in Rio. In a series of tweets signed off ‘H’ for Harry, the prince wrote:
“To those @WeAreInvictus #Rio2016 competitors, what an incredible achievement – well done for your selection – H”
“You’ve trained harder than ever, but the fight to the finish line won’t be easy. You know this better than anyone.”
“Cherish this moment as you get to serve your country again. Absorb the applause and atmosphere, but most importantly – have fun! H.”