The world’s biggest blockchain game, CryptoKitties, has collaborated with marine conservation organizations to create a rare cat named “Honu Kitty”. It is the first environmental-friendly collectible that draws attention towards the protection of endangered sea turtles.
Ocean Elders and ACTAI Global, two different communities consisting of global leaders, athletes and technologists focused on preserving environment, teamed up with CryptoKitties to create an auction for cryptocurrency users. The auction started on July 9, 2018 and ended on July 18, 2018. A total of 18 bids were placed on the item, with the winner paying $25,000 for the one-of-a-kind collectible. The funds will be donated to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Operation Jairo and Unite BVI Foundation’s Saving The Turtles Project.
However, this isn’t the first time Ethereum’s viral game has contributed to a charity. In May, CryptoKitties’s head of art, Guile Gaspar, created a Celestial Cyber Dimension Kitty, which was auctioned for $140,000. The funds were then given to a foundation that supports blockchain and art industry. After a few days, another campaign titled “Kitties For A Cause (K4C)” sold 370 CryptoKitties and raised $15,000 for a children’s hospital in Seattle.
In the past few months, many crypto and blockchain programs have helped different charitable causes. The Pineapple Fund remains the most famous crypto-based philanthropic project. It was created by an anonymous Redditor named “Pine” in December 2017. Pine received almost 100,000 applications and successfully donated 5104 BTC ($34 million) to 60 different charities. The non-profit organizations supported by the fund ranged from clean water projects to chronic complex disease research foundations.
Last month, Coinbase founder Brian Armstrong also launched a charity platform named GiveCrypto. So far, it has received donations from Ripple Executive Chairman Chris Larsen, Zcash Company CEO Zooko Wilcox, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse, and Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver. Armstrong plans to distribute these cryptocurrencies to people in need all over the world.
Earlier this year, Ripple donated $29 million to 35,000 classroom projects on an educational funding website DonorsChoose. The announcement was even mentioned in the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The crypto firm also donated $4 million in XRP to American TV host Ellen DeGeneres’s Wildlife Fund.