Oprah And The Rock Collect Bitcoin Donations For Maui Wildfire Victims
The Rock and Oprah Winfrey launched the People’s Fund of Maui to provide direct financial support to those affected by the calamity. Oprah And The Rock Collect Bitcoin Donations For Maui Wildfire Victims
We’re honored to announce the People’s Fund of Maui, a fund putting money directly in the pockets of those who were affected by the recent wildfires.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 31, 2023
The Bitcoin community joins in to support the Maui community as a relief fund championed by A-list celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson accepts donations in Bitcoin.
In early August 2023, wildfires broke out on the Hawaiian island of Maui, causing massive property and personal losses as more than 2,500 acres were burned.
The Rock and Oprah launched the People’s Fund of Maui to provide direct financial support to those affected by the calamity.
In the tweet, The Rock confirmed that 100% of the donations will go to the victims, adding:
“Every adult resident who lives in the affected area and was displaced by the wildfires in Lahaina and Kula is eligible to receive $1200 per month to help them through this period of recovery.”
The People’s Fund of Maui accepts donations in the form of numerous fiat currencies and Bitcoin. In addition to accepting fiat donations from around the world, the fund will also accept donations in Bitcoin, among a plethora of other alternatives.
Bitcoin Donations Fund Fire Relief Efforts On Maui
The Giving Block matched more than $68,000 in Bitcoin and fiat donations to raise more than $136,000 for a project aimed at assisting efforts following the fires in Maui.
Relief efforts are still underway on the Hawaiian island of Maui following a series of wildfires severely damaging major areas, including Lahaina.
All Hands and Hearts, a disaster relief organization, has been collecting Bitcoin and fiat donations to assist local Maui residents in the wake of the fires, which took the lives of more than 100 people and destroyed homes and businesses. Government officials have reported that the cost to rebuild may be more than $5.5 billion.
“Bitcoin donations as any other type of donations are helping to provide essential support after the devastating wildfires,” said Olga Ruggiero, chief of organizational integration and events at All Hands and Hearts. “The Bitcoin industry continues to band together with communities around the world in need.”
We are participating in @TheGivingBlock‘s Maui Emergency Response Fund to support survivors of the wildfires in Hawaii.
— All Hands and Hearts (@AllHandsHearts) August 15, 2023
Ruggiero reported that different organizations had received more than $125 million in Bitcoin through The Giving Block, a charity platform that facilitates digital asset donations in Bitcoin.
At the time of publication, the Giving Block had matched more than $68,000 in Bitcoin and fiat donations to raise more than $136,000 for the Maui project.
“All Hands and Hearts and other disaster relief organizations have evolved their donation strategies over the years by embracing technology and utilizing different types of digital platforms,” said Ruggiero.
“These changes have improved fundraising efficiency and effectiveness, enabling organizations to provide crucial aid during disasters.”
The fires, which reports suggest may have been caused by downed power lines on Aug. 8, have devastated the island of more than 160,000 residents.
In addition to donations through All Hands and Hearts, the governments of Japan and South Korea each pledged $2 million in aid to support relief efforts.
Many organizations have turned to Bitcoin as a solution to get funds into areas affected by natural and man-made disasters.
In Ukraine, where residents have faced Russian military attacks since 2022, the government received more than $70 million in Bitcoin for military equipment and humanitarian assistance as of February.