Months of negotiations over the Greek financial crisis might have failed, but one Londoner says all the country needs is a successful crowdfunding campaign.

A 29-year-old shoe store worker has launched a “Greek Bailout Fund” on Indiegogo. The goal? $1.78 billion, or 1.6 billion euros. “If we all just chip in a few euro then we can get Greece sorted and hopefully get them back on track soon,” Thom Feeney, the campaign’s organizer, wrote on the Indiegogo page. “Easy.”

If every European contributed to his campaign, Feeney estimates that each would only have to pay about $3, “the same as half a pint in London. Or everyone in the EU just having a feta and olive salad for lunch.”

He said he has personally contributed 10 euros, or about $11, to the campaign. So far, the campaign has raised about $198,450, or 177,841 euros, in two days.

“I’m confident the people of Europe will get this campaign, and some time soon we’ll all be raising a glass of ouzo and having a bloody great big celebration,” he said.

But Feeney said the campaign is not a joke

Los Angeles Times