George and Amal Clooney Donate $500,000 to March for Gun Control in Name of Twins Ella and Alexander
George Clooney and Amal Clooney are adding their support to the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting survivors
The couple announced they are making a donation to the upcoming “March for Our Lives” event in the name of their 8-month-old twins Ella and Alexander — and their family will attend. George also praised the survivors of the Florida school shooting for their bravery in a statement to PEOPLE.
“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” he said. “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.”
He added, “Our children’s lives depend on it.”
Students David Hogg, Alex Wind, Cameron Kasky, Jacqueline Coren and Emma Gonzalez — who made an impassioned speech at a rally in Fort Lauderdale where she shamed lawmakers for taking money from the NRA over the weekend — detailed their plans for the “March For Our Lives” on CBS’ Face the Nation.
“What we’re trying to do here [with] ‘March For Our Lives’ is say, the adult politicians have been playing around while my generation has been losing our lives,” said Kasky, an 11th grader at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“At the end of the day, this isn’t a red and blue thing. This isn’t Democrats or Republicans. This is about everybody and how we are begging for our lives,” he added. “We need to make real change here and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
The Twitter account of the survivors later thanked George and Amal for their donation to the march.
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This isn’t the only sizable donation the new parents have made recently. The actor and his lawyer wife teamed up with Southern Poverty Law Center through the Clooney Foundation for Justice last August to donate $1 million after the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist rally. George condemned bigotry in a statement released to PEOPLE at the time.
“Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality,” George said. “There are no two sides to bigotry and hate.”
George and Amal were also joined in donating to the march by former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and CEO of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn. Katzenberg, who now runs the digital media firm WndrCo, will also attend the event with George and Amal and his wife.
“Marilyn and I are proud to stand with the brave young leaders from Parkland, Florida, who have taken their pain and grief and turned it into action,” Katzenberg said in a statement to PEOPLE. “We will join Amal and George Clooney on March 24 to stand alongside these remarkable young people. We are also donating $500,000 to March for Our Lives to support this historic event.”