Streaming marathon Z Event raised $6.8m for Amnesty International

Streaming marathon Z Event raised $6.8m for Amnesty International

French streaming show Z Event has raised €5.7m ($6.8m) for charity Amnesty International.

As reported by local newspaper Le Mondeand spotted by a French person who speaks French over on – this is a record figure for the show and a huge increase on the €3.5m ($4.1m) that it raised for the Pasteur Institute last year.

Z Event is a charity livestreaming marathon created by Adrien "ZeratoR" Nougaret and Alexandre "Dach" Dachary, which debuted in 2016 under the name Project Avengers. Since its inception, the project has raised money for Save the Children, the French Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières.

This year's Z Event was held between October 16th and 18th in Montpellier and brought in a peak audience of 692,000 viewers.

French president Emmanuel Macron congratulated Z Event on Twitter, saying that the organisers should be proud of themselves.

"You can be proud!" Macron wrote, as translated from French by Google.

"Proud to have mobilised more than 5.7 million euros (a record !) to uphold human rights with Amnesty. Proud to have shown that by being united and united we can accomplish great things."

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