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DustAid partners with Coinbase to support three great causes this Christmas

DustAid is on a mission to unite the world in cryptocurrency giving to charitable causes. That’s why this December we’re partnering with Coinbase to enable their customers to donate crypto to three brilliant charities this Christmas. DustAid will be using Coinbase Commerce - the platform that allows merchants to accept cryptocurrency payments in a fully decentralised way - to facilitate these donations.

This partnership will therefore allow Coinbase users in the UK to donate crypto to three great causes:

NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity that seeks to keep young people safe from abuse;

The Little Edi Foundation, which provides support to struggling rural communities in the UK, Moldova, and Romania;

Space for Giants, who work to protect and secure the future of elephants and their landscapes.

The NSPCC is now receiving cryptocurrency donations, with all proceeds going towards helping Childline be there for even more young people in need of support and advice this Christmas.

Childline is the only service available to support young people 24/7 right through the festive period. However, at present it can only be there for two in every three children and teenagers that contact them.

All donations from this partnership will help the service in its mission to be able to respond to every young person that reaches out for help, with every £4 given paying for a counsellor to respond to another contact over the phone or online.

The Little Edi Foundation wrap, pack and send over 1,600 shoe boxes to the very poorest children in the rural villages of Moldavia. These children would otherwise receive nothing at Christmas. All boxes are transported by Medical Missionary News based in Wickford, Essex at no cost to the charity. The boxes are hand delivered with love by the Shoebox Dream Team who travels out each year.

Each Shoebox is filled with toys and supplies and costs £10.

To carry out the Space for Giants vision of securing a future for elephants and their landscapes forever, the collaring of elephants is crucial. Since Space for Giants started, they have collared close to 50 elephants to monitor their movements. This helps inform their pioneering research on elephant behaviour and their interactions in increasingly-human dominated landscapes. This information is important for authorities to choose where to approve development, and where to leave land wild. We hope to help collar and track two elephants with funds raised this Christmas period.

Louise Corden, NSPCC Lead Digital Producer, said:

“Raising funds via cryptocurrency highlights how the NSPCC is continually exploring new ways to enable people to donate to the charity and contribute to our fight for every childhood.

“We are really grateful for the backing we have received from DustAid and Coinbase, and we now hope that users of cryptocurrency go to their platforms to make a festive donation to Childline.”

Duncan Murray, Managing Director of DustAid, said:

“We firmly believe that by using blockchain technology we can help charities positively impact people all over the world. DustAid's mission is to make giving a simple, easy and transparent part of our daily lives.

We are really proud to be working with leading organisations like Coinbase to make this a reality.”

Zeeshan Feroz, Coinbase’s UK CEO, said:

“The NSPCC’s work in supporting vulnerable children is vitally important – and that’s why we feel privileged to support the organisation this Christmas.

“This partnership will allow our users to donate with their cryptocurrency and I feel sure that they will get behind what is an incredibly worthy cause.”

Redempta Njeri, Conservation Science Officer at Space for Giants, said:

"There are many changes underway with how land is being used in this part of Kenya, with lots of conversion to smallholder farming. That automatically increases the chances of human-elephant conflict, which is now causes many more non-natural elephant deaths than poaching here. Collaring elephants helps us see where they move so we can advise the authorities on best land planning. We're really grateful to DustAid and Coinbase, and their customers, for donating some of the cryptocurrency to help us expand this programme."

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