Revolut co-founder donates €100,000 as Toy Show charity appeal tops €5m

Revolut co-founder donates €100,000 as Toy Show charity appeal tops €5m

Ryan Tubridy during the opening sequence for last night's Toy Show. Picture: Andres Poveda

The Late Late Toy Show has raised more than €5m in the now annual appeal including a €100,000 donation from the co-founder of Revolut.

At the end of last night’s spectacular, €3,347,912 had been raised by the public and RTÉ confirmed on Saturday afternoon had jumped again.

The money is set to support a range of children’s charities and will be distributed by The Community Foundation for Ireland.

 

Revolut partnered with the Toy Show this year, meaning users of the banking services tool can donate to the campaign directly from the app.

The co-founder of the company, Vlad Yatsenko, has donated €100,000 to the appeal following tech issues with the app last night.

He also pledged to match any further donations made via the Revolut App this weekend up to €1m.

“What an incredible support Revolut App customers gave to a worthy charity,” Mr Yatsenko said.

He acknowledged some of the challenges as the app was overwhelmed for a short time due to the number of people looking to donate.

“Granted, there were some challenges at the [peak] of the live campaign. So, I've personally donated €100K, and will also match any further donations this weekend via Revolut App up to €1m,” said Mr Yatsenko on social media.

So far, Revolut users have donated more than €1.9m to the campaign.

The Toy Show Choir, made up of children who benefited from the efforts of last year’s appeal, also made a special performance on the show.

And they were joined by chart-topper Ed Sheeran as he made an appearance for a song.

 

Last year, the appeal raised €6.6m for charity.

It was the first year that the show held an appeal after it was inspired by Toy Show star Saoirse.

A guest on the 2020 Toy Show, Saoirse raised money through a host of fundraisers because after being diagnosed with a tumour she "had to get her leg taken away" and she needs prosthesis until she is 18.

Saoirse raised more money than was initially needed so she donated the extra money to the charities and hospitals who had helped her.

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