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This 11-year-old from Cork is busking twice a week to raise money for refugees

Milo McCarthy has raised over €7,000 since starting the appeal.

Image: Milo Busks/Facebook

Updated 9:30pm

MILO MCCARTHY IS like any other 11-year-old – he loves rugby, plays the Xbox and supports Liverpool.

But when he began seeing photos of some of the millions of children fleeing Syria earlier this year, he knew he had to do something.

Now, Milo, a sixth-class student, busks for an hour every Wednesday and Saturday in Midleton and Cork city to raise money for the Irish Red Cross’ migrant crisis appeal.

“I have so many things to look forward to in my life but I know I am no more deserving of anything than those children fleeing from Syria,” he writes on his online fundraising page.

It was really sad to see the pictures of the children on the beaches and the scary overloaded boats.

Three weeks into his fundraising campaign, he’s raised over €7,000 for the cause.

Source: Ronan McCarthy/YouTube

Milo told TheJournal.ie that he hopes to reach €10,000 by Christmas.

“If it keeps on going well, we might to extend it to €15,000,” he added.

His dad, Ronan, said the family is very proud of the work he’s been doing.

It’s a big problem but he knews that whatever amount of money he raises is going to help a few children and families.

And how is he finding the attention? “It’s not bad,” Milo said.

I like it, but I’m not doing it for publicity. It’s going to a really good cause. They used to have lives just like us.

You can donate to Milo’s fundraising campaign here

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