October 31, 2008

Atheist advert smashes fundraising records


by David Masters

A fundraising campaign to pay for ‘There’s probably no God’ adverts on the side of London buses has smashed its target by 2,500%.

The British Humanist Association wanted to raise £5,500 to pay for the commercials,
but following media coverage donations came in so fast that the total was raised in just ten hours.

Justgiving, the website who managed donations on behalf of the BHA, said the speed and level of giving has beaten all of the site’s past records.

Donations have continued to roll in, bringing the £150,000 mark into view.

A spokesperson for the BHA said the response has been ‘overwhelming’.

The extra money will be used to extend the campaign to include other UK cities and onto other forms of transport.

The £135,000 raised so far includes a large contribution from well-known academic and atheist Richard Dawkins, and many smaller contributions from grassroots supporters.

Professor Dawkins promised to match the BHA’s fundraising target of £5,500, bringing their expected total to £11,000 – enough to fund ‘There is probably no god’ adverts on 30 London buses for four weeks.

The planned advert says: ‘There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life’.

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