The Children’s Island


A group of Italian students are trying to raise enough money to purchase an uninhabited island. But why?

This article, written by , appears on The Guardian.

Italian schoolchildren hope to raise €3m to buy Mediterranean island

Students launch crowdfunding campaign to purchase tiny uninhabited isle of Budelli and rename it ‘the Children’s Island’

Half a euro each for a real-life fantasy island? A classroom of schoolchildren from the Alpine hamlet of Mosso in Piedmont are trying to enlist the help of children across Italy as part of an ambitious campaign to buy the tiny uninhabited island of Budelli, which lies between Sardinia and Corsica.

According to their Facebook page, the students and teachers of class 2B came up with the idea of a crowdfunding campaign to buy Budelli and rename it Isola dei Ragazzi – or the Children’s Island – to ensure it remains “untouched and Italian”.

Their mission to raise €3m (£2.3m) to purchase the island comes after Michael Harte, a New Zealand banker, reportedly walked away from his own contentious €3m bid to buy the property, which had been the subject of years-long litigation.

“We would like the island for all students of Italy,” the children wrote on Facebook. “We have calculated that if each student from Italian schools contributes 50 cents, we could have the necessary funds. Of course we accept contributions even from those who are not students.”

They are not the first to cast their eye over Budelli, which is known as the pearl of La Maddalena archipelago. Read more at The Guardian

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