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Have you ever dreamt of meeting your lifetime hero? How much would you pay to meet your favorite singer or soccer player? And, what if you want to pay with digital currencies?
An online fundraising auction platform CharityStars plans to do so, by announcing that it started to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment.
Cristiano Ronaldo for Bitcoins
A few days ago, a bid of $36,000 worth of Bitcoin awarded the auction winner with the chance to meet the football champion, Cristiano Ronaldo. The proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Forever Dream Foundation, the association that gives unique experiences to disadvantaged children and families.
Francesco Nazari Fusetti, Co-founder and CEO of CharityStars, explained:
“CharityStars strives to be at the forefront of the fundraising industry; thus it was a natural move to integrate cryptocurrencies onto our platform, providing more transparency for donors and helping our 500 charities to raise more money.”
VIPs love charity
Auctions are conducted through the CharityStars platform. They are not only for winning celebrities meet and greet but also other luxury experiences or products, whose proceeds will go to charity associations such as Amnesty International, Breast Cancer Now, Save the Children, Croce Rossa Italiana, Operation Smile, Make a Wish and many more.
On the platform, one can find a bunch of VIPs to have a dinner or a meeting with Vivienne Westwood, Giuseppe Cipriani, Leo Messi and many more. The Italian MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi is also involved in a charity auction to give his motorbike replica to the auction winner.
Blockchain and charity-related issues
CharityStars plans to integrate Blockchain technology to have a more transparent system.This is not the first time a charity association decides to use the Blockchain to provide users a clearer process of the raised funds they receive.
For example, the Italian Helperbit does similar work in the natural disaster donations sector. Back in 2016, Helperbit helped Legambiente, Italian environmental association, to raise funds for its campaign entitled The Rebirth has a Young Heart dedicated to young entrepreneurs in the Italian areas affected by the earthquakes.
Another Bitcoin and Blockchain related charity association is called BitHope, a Bulgarian non-governmental organization (NGO) that uses only digital currency to accumulate funds for the campaigns that are hosted on their platform.
As you can see on the Bitcoin Charity website, there are a lot of associations that accept Bitcoin as a method of payment. For you to decide to which good deed to spend your cryptos and.. which star to have dinner with.
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