Fans of the HBO series "Game of Thrones" are really excited about the premiere of the series Sunday, April 24. Now, they have an opportunity to be at the premiere on the star-studded night, while also helping the 60 million Syrian refugees worldwide.
HBO and "Game of Thrones" have joined hands with the International Rescue Committee and Omaze for the "#RealmToTheRescure" campaign, which hopes to bring attention to the Syrian refugee crisis and generate funds for the aid of those displaced all over the world.
The campaign, which coincides with the fifth anniversary of the Syrian refugee crisis, March 15, 2016, aims to bring to light some of the most alarming statistics about it. According to the "Rescue has no Boundaries" web page, an average of 50 Syrian families are forced to free their homes every hour of the day, but only 17,000 refugees have been re-settled to other countries.
"We are currently facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II," said David Miliband, president and CEO of the IRC. "Our partnership with HBO and 'Game of Thrones' â€” which premiered around the same time the war in Syria began â€” hopes to galvanise the general public to take action and rise up for refugees."
In the campaign, former and current cast members of "Game of Thrones," including Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, DeObia Oparei, John Bradley, Tom Wlaschiha, Eugene Simon and Oona Chaplin, urge fans to stand with them in their fight to help people suffering due to the Syrian war.
"On behalf of HBO employees and talent associated with 'Game of Thrones' who graciously donated their time and resources to this effort, we are honoured to join the IRC in this partnership at a time of great need around the world," said Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO of HBO.
The campaign allows fans, who donate as little as $10 to Omaze.com/gameofthrones, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with the "Game of Thrones" cast at the Season 6 premiere and hang out with them at the exclusive after-party.