How Bitcoin community helps Italy during coronavirus emergency

Jacqueline Nieder

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Looking at the fundraising campaign powered by Croce Rossa and Young Platform: Bitcoin are a powerful tool to deliver fast economical aid during calamities,

On April 6th the second level Advanced Medical Post for pre-triage was set up in Castel Gandolfo by the Italian Red Cross – Colli Albani Committee. The AMP was purchased using the bitcoin donations raised thanks to the Helperbit platform and with the support of Young and Blockchain Education Network Italy, and in a short time, it was delivered and deployed.

On March 12th, Colli Albani Committee launched a bitcoin fundraising campaign focused on the COVID-19 emergency in Italy. This was the first initiative in the cryptocurrency sector and this led to media attention and international visibility. The first target of € 10,000 in BTC was achieved in just three days; it was possible to quickly exchange the raised money in Euro and purchase the material needed to build the AMP, which is already functioning at the time of writing. The fees of the procedures, from the initial donations to the purchase, are worth 0.55%.

The campaign is still running and the second target of € 25,000 in BTC is almost reached.

Bruno Pietrosanti, President at Colli Albani Committee, said: “With great pleasure, we reached the first main milestone of our fundraising. We are happy to have turned the received donations into a tangible aid and we are excited to have received so much help from the Bitcoin community.”

Guido Baroncini Turricchia, CEO at Helperbit, commented: “When Colli Albani Committee sent me photos of the tent, a gift granted by the solidarity of the Bitcoin community, I was excited. The efforts of Helperbit, jointly with Bitcoin donors, are now saving lives and helping to protect first responders on the front line. Those people, that in the silence of their home donated to the project, must be proud to be part of this charitable initiative. Bitcoin confirmed to be a powerful tool, a technology that allows to deliver direct and fast international aid during calamities, increasing also the transparency level. ”

Fundraising project created by Colli Albani

The Italian Red Cross – the Colli Albani team during the set-up at Castel Gandolfo
The QR code, which shows the Bitcoin address managed by the Albani Colli Committee

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