Celebrities Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and George Clooney are some of the celebrities that have said they would donate $500 000 each to the “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington.
The march is being held in support of gun control following last week’s Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead.
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and her husband actor George Clooney were the first to pledge their financial support and said they would also march alongside the students in support of the rally on 24 March.
Clooney said in a statement: “Our family will be there on 24 March 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 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”
On 14 February a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School went on a rampage with a semi-automatic AF-15-style assault rifle killing 17 people including students and teachers.
Students from the high school are now assisting in planning the march.
The March for Our Lives event is one of many rallies being organised by students calling for stricter and stronger gun laws. The students are also challenging politicians saying they have failed to protect them.
On Tuesday, busloads of Florida students headed to the state capital Tallahassee to rally for a ban on assault rifles.
Winfrey as well as Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw also said they would donate $500 000 to the march.
In an emailed statement Spielberg and Capshaw said they were impressed with the students’ efforts.
“The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages.”
Later on Tuesday Winfrey tweeted: “George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.”
Whether Winfrey and Spielberg would attend the march was not immediately clear.
Film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn have said they would march in Washington and would also match the $500 000 donation.
Other celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Cher and Lady Gaga have made their support for the march and the students’ efforts known.
Currently, the Second Amendment of the US Constitution protects gun ownership, which is one of the nation’s most divisive issues.