KIEV, Ukraine, March 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Bank of Ukraine received the first installment of $1 million raised by Solana enthusiasts around the world through a dedicated initiative.
The initiative called Aid for Ukraine is powered by EverstakeFTX, Solana Laboratoriesthe Metaplex Foundation and Ukraine Ministry of Digital Transformation by a special Fundraising in SOL for support of Ukraine and the victims of aggression unprovoked by the Russian Federation.
The funds will be paid directly to the fundraising account for the support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and humanitarian aid programs through the National Bank of Ukraine.
So far, the initiative has garnered more than $1.4 millionof which $375,000 came directly from Everstake, a Ukraineand the blockchain industry’s largest decentralized staking provider. Fundraising is still ongoing. Real-time blockchain statistics are available on the initiative website. You can also follow the initiative on Twitter.
Users can donate SOL, USDC, or even their own NFTs. The official Solana wallet for donations is ukraine.sol, 66pJhhESDjdeBBDdkKmxYYd7q6GUggYPWjxpMKNX39KV.
“This joint effort is a tremendous reminder of the unity of the Ukrainian people and their true friends around the world. I sincerely and wholeheartedly thank all our partners for their tremendous work. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind any company or team that they can donate funds to Ukrainian military or humanitarian aid through our gateway in a totally safe and secure manner. Soon we will add more cryptocurrencies to make donation more convenient for people. Finally, I would also like to express my deep gratitude to the media like the Washington Post or Bloomberg who covered our initiative and thus helped us raise much needed funds in this dark hour.,” said Sergei Vasylchukthe CEO of Everstake.
Funds will be converted by FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange and the official partner of the initiative. Today, the first installment of $1 million was sent thanks to the hard work of the teams at Everstake, FTX, the Ministry of Digital Transformation and the National Bank of Ukraine.
“We are proud to be part of this great initiative to provide the people of Ukraine the financial support they need in their darkest hour. I have been truly impressed with the generosity of the entire crypto community and am thrilled that our platform can make it easier to get this financial help for those who need it most. We will continue to work diligently alongside Everstake, the Ukrainian government and our other partners to deploy resources to the population,” comments Sam Bankman Friedthe founder and CEO of FTX.
Help for Ukraine is among other cryptocurrency initiatives raising funds in different cryptocurrencies to help Ukraine and his people and his army. Together they raised more than $55 millionaccording to Ukraine Ministry of Digital Transformation.
“Today fundraising with crypto is crucial for Ukraine because it allows us to collect donations instantly from a variety of people around the world as well as heighten the political agenda regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraineraise awareness and build support for Ukraine worldwide. It is encouraging to see the crypto community coming together to help Ukraine. I want to thank everyone in the blockchain industry who helps Ukraine, our army and the Ukrainians on this occasion. Special thanks to the Solana community and Everstake for mobilizing such urgent support,” said Oleksandr Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine on the development of the computer industry.
Private foundations have also raised millions of dollars and sent the funds to local projects helping service members and war victims. The crypto community stands with Ukraine.
Group M Strategic Communications (for FTX, Solana Laboratoriesand Everstake)