There's a crowdfunder to help Greece pay off its debts - and backers get olives

Greece Bailout

Could people power and crowdfunding be the answer to Greece's money woes?

Well it most certainly could be. The Greek Bailout Fund on crowdfunding site IndieGoGo has accepted more than 71,697 euros in contributions from some 4,806 people. That's about £50,983.

And the figures just keep going up and up.

In return for backing the project, which has a goal of 1.6 billion euro – aka the amount Greece needs to repay to the International Monetary Fund – people are being offered olives, feta cheese, vouchers for Ouzo and Greek wine, and a signed postcard from the Greek PM Alexis Tsipras (though we don't think he knows about it just yet).

The campaign has been started by Thom Feeney, a 29-year-old Yorkshireman currently living in Bethnal Green, London, where he works in a shoe shop, according to the site.

He denies that the site is a joke, writing on his IndieGoGo page's FAQ: "I can understand why people might take it as a joke, but Crowdfunding can really help because it's just a case of getting on and doing it. I was fed up of the Greek crisis going round in circles, while politicians are dithering, this is affecting real people.

Screenshot of the Greek Bailout Fund page on crowdfunding website IndieGoGo
(Screenshot Greek Bailout Fund/IndieGoGo)

"While all the posturing is going on, then it's easy for the politicians to forget that. I just thought, sod it, I'll have a crack."

If you're really committed to keeping Greece in the Eurozone then there are extra rewards for bigger pledges.

Hand over 5,000 euro and you can get an all-inclusive holiday for two in Athens, or give in to your philanthropic urges by donating a cool one million euro to "receive a lot of gratitude from the citizens of Europe and particularly the Greek people".

Although we may have spotted a flaw in Feeney's plan. People only have to part with their cash if the full goal amount is achieved.

"Hopefully we'll make it through," writes Feeney.

Earlier bidders had been offered a Greek island for the full amount, but it has since been removed.

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There's a crowdfunder to help Greece pay off its debts - and backers get olives

Kayak has identified the ten holiday destinations that have seen the biggest price cuts since last year. Doha takes tenth place.

The air fare to Doha has fallen 15% since summer 2014. Right now you’ll pay an average of £366 for a flight. The only thing to beware of is the temptation to shop. It has some of the most impressive luxury themed shopping malls on the planet, so you need to take a will of iron with you when you go.

Flights are currently 16% lower than they were last summer, and at the moment you can get a flight for an average of just £239 per head.

In July this will rise by £40 and in August by another £45, but by September will be back down to a fraction over £250.

This Canary Island may offer year-round sun, but in the last 12 months, the average price of a flight there has fallen 17%.

June offers the best deals this summer, with an average cost of £143 per person. Unsurprisingly for such a family-friendly destination, the price rises steeply in July to an average of £247, and then again in August to £270.

The island also tends to have some very competitive all-inclusive deals, so it’s worth checking what’s on offer before committing to a flight and separate hotel.

Prices of flights have fallen an impressive 19% since summer last year, and currently will set you back an average of just £138 a head. In the summer this will peak at £164, but if you can wait unit September, it will drop back to £132.

Many people are drawn to the city by the Mozart concerts - a vast number of which are put on to entertain the tourists. If you’re planning to take in some musical tourism, a far better bet is a concert at the Mozarteum Art University - which charges a fraction of the price.

The average flight price has fallen 19% since last summer. At the moment it's just £80, and while the price peaks at £134 in July, it drops back to £114 in August, as many tourists are put off by the heat.

The average price of flights has fallen an impressive 23% since last summer, and in June cost £421 per head. This rises to a fairly eye-watering £507 in July, but falls below £500 again by August.

The city itself is busy and exciting, but most people use it as a starting point to explore the beauty of Zanzibar. From swimming with dolphins to taking a jeep safari, there’s plenty on your doorstep.

The average air fare has plummeted 30% since last summer, so in June you can get there for an average of £106. Prices climb over the summer, but in August still only reach £273 each.

Once you are out there, the cost of living is also particularly affordable - especially if you are a seasoned haggler.

The average cost of flights to this part of the Azores has fallen 34% since last summer, and peak at an average of just £230 in the middle of August.

You get to fly to an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, explore pristine landscapes and natural wonders, try the incredible food, and stay in quiet local spots on a shoestring.


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