Oprah and The Rock collect crypto donations for Maui wildfires victims


The Rock and Oprah Winfrey launched the People’s Fund of Maui to provide direct financial support to those affected by the calamity.

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, a series of wildfires broke out on the island of Maui, Hawaii, causing massive property and personal losses as more than 2,500 acres were burned down. The Rock and Oprah launched the People’s Fund of Maui to provide direct financial support to those affected by the calamity.

In the tweet, The Rock confirmed that 100% of the donations will go to the victims, adding that:

“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 and cryptocurrencies. In addition to accepting fiat donations from all around the world, the fund will also accept donations in Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Doge (DOGE) among a plethora of other alternatives.

Crypto donation drive for Maui wildfires. Source: eifoundation.org

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.

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Running parallel to the supportive efforts of A-list celebrities, many relief efforts strive to help out the wildfire victims.

All Hands and Hearts, a disaster relief organization, has 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.”

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