The crypto community joins in to support the Maui community as a relief fund championed by A-list celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson accepts donations in cryptocurrencies.
In early August 2023, wildfires broke out on the Hawaiian island of Maui, causing massive property and personal losses as more than 2,500 acres were burned. The Rock and Oprah launched the People’s Fund of Maui to provide direct financial support to those affected by the calamity.
We’re honored to announce the People’s Fund of Maui, a fund putting money directly in the pockets of those who were affected by the recent wildfires.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 31, 2023
In the tweet, The Rock confirmed that 100% of the donations will go to the victims, adding:
“Every adult resident who lives in the affected area and was displaced by the wildfires in Lahaina and Kula is eligible to receive $1200 per month to help them through this period of recovery.”
The People’s Fund of Maui accepts donations in the form of numerous fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies. In addition to accepting fiat donations from around the world, the fund will also accept donations in Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Doge (DOGE), among a plethora of other alternatives.
As explained by Oprah, the intention behind handing over the donations directly to the survivors is to allow them to make decisions for their path to normalcy. “People being able to have their own agency, being able to make decisions for themselves — about what they need and what their family needs — that is our goal,” she added.
Running parallel to the supportive efforts of A-list celebrities, many relief efforts strive to help out the wildfire victims.
We are participating in @TheGivingBlock‘s Maui Emergency Response Fund to support survivors of the wildfires in Hawaii.
— All Hands and Hearts (@AllHandsHearts) August 15, 2023
Disaster relief organization All Hands and Hearts has also been collecting cryptocurrency and fiat donations to assist local Maui residents in the wake of the fires.
“Cryptocurrency donations as any other type of donations are helping to provide essential support after the devastating wildfires,” said Olga Ruggiero, chief of organizational integration and events at All Hands and Hearts. “The crypto industry continues to band together with communities around the world in need.”