Brentford striker Ivan Toney has started a fund-raising campaign for the people affected by a volcanic eruption on the island of St Vincent, in the Caribbean. La Soufrière or Soufrière Saint Vincent is an active volcano on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which erupted last week. The eruptions have blanketed the Caribbean island in ash, forcing around 20,000 people from their homes and leaving many without power or running water. They do not know if they will be able to return home and Ivan Toney has pledged to help, he has set up a fund-raising page and made a large donation himself.
Ivan said: "Saint Vincent is an island incredibly close to mine and my family's hearts. My father’s parents, my grandparents, were both born on Saint Vincent, and are both now buried there in Georgetown, which is one of the towns categorised as being within the Red Zone – a place considered at the highest risk. We still have close family and friends who live on the island and as a family, we have visited many times throughout my life. I want to help as much as I possibly can and I would love and greatly appreciate your support in doing so, by joining me in providing a donation, no matter how big or small."
Ivan released his fund-raising page yesterday and has set a target of £50,000. He said all money raised would be utilised to directly help and assist those who need it the most on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which will be achieved by working closely with local charities and organisations situated on the islands. He also shared the fund-raising effort on his Instagram page.
Ivan, on the page, added: "I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this. With your kind donations, I really hope that we can help and support as many people directly affected by this tragic event as possible." The page can be found here.