The demonstration, set to take place in Washington, D.C. on March 24, will advocate for gun control in the wake of the tragic shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida last week.
In a statement, George said:
Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School.
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 to help pay for this groundbreaking event.
Our children’s lives depend on it.
The March 24 rally is organized by five teenagers who survived Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — Jacqueline Coren, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, and Alex Wind — in collaboration with the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety. Rallies will also be organized in cities throughout the U.S.
The mass shooting, which led to 17 deaths, has revived the national debate over gun control, including the age requirement for purchasing weapons. Suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, had bought his first gun months after his 18th birthday. He used a military-style semiautomatic rifle to carry out the bloody attack.
A change has to come!