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$10,000 Dogecoin tweet builds water well in Kenya

March 17, 2014 • Online, Top Stories

A $10 000 tweet sent the Doge4Water fundraising campaign over its $30 000 goal and set a new standard for the impact of 140 characters. An anonymous Dogecoin philanthropist used twitter to tip 14 million Dogecoin, worth more than $11,000.

Doge4Water started a fundraising campaign to help a clean water non-profit organization build projects around the world (image: Doge4Water)

Doge4Water started a fundraising campaign to help a clean water non-profit organization build projects around the world (image: Doge4Water)

Doge4Water started a fundraising campaign to help a clean water non-profit organization build projects around the world, such as its current drive to build two water wells in Eastern Kenya’s Tana River. The Doge4Water campaign benefits charity:water in celebration of World Water Day on March 22nd.

The surprise tweet sent shockwaves through the Dogecoin reddit community, which had already made more than 4,000 donations totalling 26 million Dogecoin (equivalent to more than $20,000).

“This was one of the more inventive campaigns we’ve seen,” said Paul Young, Director of Digital for charity:water. “The Doge4Water campaign started with a tweet, harnessed the powerful Reddit community passionate about Dogecoin, and then hit its aggressive goal with a tweet that triggered a donation of Dogecoin worth over $10,000. 100% of the funds raised by the Dogecoin community, once converted into US dollars, will be used to bring clean water to people in need in Kenya through our local partner Action Against Hunger. We’re thankful for the support of the Shibes of the Dogecoin community”.

The campaign was initiated by Eric Nakagawa, the co-founder of internet humor site ICanHasCheezburger and a member of the Dogecoin Foundation. Previous Dogecoin fundraisers have helped send the Jamaican bobsled team to the Sochi Olympics and funded service animals for children with disabilities.

“I’m really proud of the Dogecoin community for using the money they’ve made to change the lives of others instead of hoarding it,” said Dogecoin co-founder Jackson Palmer. “The first ever $10,000 tweet demonstrates the power of digital currency and social media to make the world a better place.”

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