Thanks to the initiative of Australian Blockchain Board member Alex Saunders, crypto holders are providing Bitcoin donations to help with fires in Australia.
While the magnitude of large forest fires that are currently developing in southeastern Australia begins to attract worldwide attention, Bitcoin is becoming another protagonist when it comes to financial aid. Indeed, a bitcoin donation address has been opened to provide help in this regard: 38gi89vKr7VPCcwdoY2coTha86rfDHeyAR.
The hashtag #AustraliaBurning began to spread in the crypto community for those who wish to contribute to rural fire brigades.
A BTC address offers a cross-border way of making contributions for immediate help. At the time of writing this note, DiarioBitcoin accessed the block explorer and found that the address had already collected 0.75 BTC (approximately USD $5,600 at the current price).
Bitcoin donations for fires in Australia
The founder of the news and educational media Nugget´s News and member of the Blockchain Board of Australia, Alex Saunders (@AlexSaundersAU), is leading the campaign and wrote the following tweet:
“Let’s show the world the power of #bitcoin. All donations are going to the Rural Fire Service. #AustraliaBurning #AustraliaOnFire #NSWfires
BTC address: 38gi89vKr7VPCcwdoY2coTha86rfDHeyAR “
According to the source, donations in bitcoins to face fires in Australia began to flow immediately Sunday, as the address was made public. The idea of all this is to raise a significant sum once the campaign becomes popular.
Fiat currency has also been collected
Saunders is probably the one leading the initiative, with some great support such as analyst Mati Greenspan and cryptocurrency trader Scott Melker, who are also asking their supporters to donate BTC to the cause.
However, according to The Daily Hodl, some famous artists will make donations. Australian-American actress Nicole Kidman and singers Keith Urban and Pink said they will donate half a million dollars to help affected people.
A great tragedy
The BBC media described this as Australia’s largest forest fire crisis in history, causing damage to both wildlife and residential areas. Not in vain, The Daily Hodl said temperatures in a large suburban community located in western Sydney are reaching 120 °F (48.8 °C) on Saturday, making it the hottest place on earth.
Pernith, a suburb of New South Wales with around 200,000 residents, experienced the hottest day in Sydney’s history, so it is too risky to evacuate. According to the media, around 3,600 firefighters are trying to fight the fires that burn throughout the state.