CryptoKitties raises money for Seattle Children’s Hospital from Blockchain Bidding
A blockchain-based charity auction has raised more than $15,000 for a children’s hospital located in Seattle, Washington, CryptoKitties said in its Medium post.
Kitties for a Cause a charitable initiative launched by Bella’s Kitty Den (BKD), earned 21.6 ether tokens, or more than $15,000 at that time, in less than three weeks after the auction started on April 6.
At present, 21.6 ether tokens would amount to nearly $13,000.
Proceeds will go to Seattle Children’s Hospital, a children’s hospital in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle that has been ranked as one of best hospitals in the United States.
Aside from the ethereum raised, another $180 were donated to the hospital directly through the campaign that was supposed to run for a month.
Users were able to bid on 370 different CryptoKitties donated to Bella’s Kitty Den, according to Axiom Zen spokesperson Yasmine Nadery.
Axiom Zen is the parent firm of CryptoKitties which specializes in new venture creation, building products and companies at the cutting edge of technology. It helped draw attention to the campaign until the bidding ended on April 15.
Nadery said Bella, a 10-year-old fan of the blockchain-based platform, and her father started Bella’s Kitty Den as a business learning experience for the fourth grader and an opportunity to earn some money for her studies.
The initiative originally started as a way “to do good” with the kitties owned by Bella.
“One day while playing, I said we should give away some of our Kitties since we have so many of them. Dad asked who we should give them to. I told him kids in the hospital who are hurting. So with help from my Dad and others from the CryptoKitties community, we have created the Kitties For A Cause (K4C) fund,” Bella said on CryptoKitties’ Medium post.
“This event was created by a CryptoKitties community member, and we were in awe of the initiative this young girl took. When she and her father told us about it, we jumped at the opportunity to partner with them partner with them and our community creators to spread the word about Bella’s cause,” she added.
Nadery said CryptoKitties hopes these donations would inspire charitable undertakings in the future.
“Seeing something like this be inspired by our game is all the more reason for us to keep moving forward with our vision of bringing a billion people to the blockchain,” she said.
Launched in 2017, CryptoKitties is a blockchain-based virtual game developed by Axiom Zen which allows users to purchase, collect, breed, and sell different types of virtual cats.