Emilia Clarke, also known as Daenerys Targaryen, published an emotional video thanking fans for their donations.
Published on May 31, 2019 at 2:09 p.m. ET
game of Thrones fans have raised more than $ 125,000 for charities supported by the show's stars in an attempt to thank the actors for their performances in the beloved fantasy series.
A fundraising campaign honoring actress Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen, has raised more than £ 80,000 (approximately $ 100,000) for the SameYou charity, of which she is a founder, for the past nine days.
A campaign created on Friday in honor of Kit Harington, who played Jon Snow, raised more than £ 20,000 (approximately $ 25,000) for the Mencap charity, of which he is ambbadador, in less than a day.
The idea for the fundraising campaign was born on Reddit, specifically / r / freefolk, an active and irreverent community of game of Thrones Fans with a reputation as the black sheep of the pages devoted to the show and the A song of ice and fire books. (For example, this subreddit was also the source of Change.org's widely reported request that asks HBO to remake the final season of the program, which community members said was created to be an ironic message for writers. of the program, and not a serious request.)
On May 22, three days after the final episode of the series was broadcast, Redditor elle_elaria published a link in / r / freefolk for a campaign that had begun to raise funds for SameYou, a charity for the rehabilitation of brain injuries. that Clarke founded after suffering two dangerous lives. aneurysms during the filming game of Thrones.
In the description of the fundraiser, elle_elaria, who told BuzzFeed News that she would only like to be identified by her first name, Sarah, wrote that the campaign was "a gesture of love and fandom support for the entire cast and crew. , but particularly to the woman who poured her soul into her character, who delivered pbadionate speeches in Valyrian and Dothraki in the midst of questioning her mortality, and inspired many of us with her resilience. "
The campaign caught Clarke's attention on Thursday, when he had raised £ 35,000 ($ 45,000). The actor thanked Sarah personally and the members of FreeFolk subreddit for their donations in an Instagram video.
"I can not believe, I am incredibly moved and amazed, and grateful, thank you, thank you and thank you very much," he said. "What you have done is extraordinary."
In the legend, he apologized for the "divagante video" and said he was speechless because of the generosity of his fans.
"[The fundraising campaign] It has made my day, week, month, year, decade, and I could not think of a more beautiful way to say goodbye to the mother of the dragons than with this step to make brain injury patients feel less lonely. "
In an email to BuzzFeed News on Friday, Sarah said she "could not believe it" when she saw that Emilia had made a video for her and the / r / freefolk community, and that the actor updated her Instagram profile with #JusticeForDaenerys, the URL of the campaign page, and a link to the fundraiser.
"She did not have to do that, she could have reissued it casually with a quick written comment, but she took the time to film a heartfelt thank you," Sarah said. "Iconic." The only thing I regret is not having a more embarrbading username for her to scream.
Inspired by the success of Clarke's fundraising and the recent news that Kit Harington had signed up for a wellness retreat after the series finale, another member of / r / freefolk, AlpineJ0e, created a page on Friday. raising funds so that fans could donate to charities. actor's honor
Harington is an ambbadador for Mencap, a charity based in the United Kingdom that "works to help people with learning disabilities, their families and caregivers struggle to change laws, improve services and access education facilities. , employment and leisure. " In the past, he spoke about his cousin Laurent, who has a learning disability, and how his relationship inspired him to work with the charity.
"This fundraiser is here to show Kit that we are incredibly grateful for the great amount of love and skill he put into Jon Snow for us to enjoy," according to the fundraiser's description.
Mencap & # 39; s Official Twitter account He has already thanked the fans for their donations in honor of Harington.
Members of / r / freefolk have also posted links to charities supported by others game of Thrones Actors, so that fans can also make donations in their names.