Blockshow, the international blockchain event put on by Cointelegraph, has started a campaign to raise funds in the form of cryptocurrency for the reconstruction of Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. The news was first announced yesterday in a tweet sent by BlockShow’s official Twitter account earlier today.
In order to intake donations, Blockshow has announced two digital currency wallet addresses where anyone can send donations in Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), and a link to the Foundations Du Patrimoine, which is raising money in the form of fiat.
There have already been many international campaigns set up to raise money for the reconstruction of the iconic cathedral, including a GoFundMe page and La Fondation Avenir du Patrimoine à Paris. Additionally, per National Public Radio (NPR), many hundreds of millions have already been donated from some of France’s wealthiest citizens, including Bernard Arnault, François Pinault, and the Bettencourt Meyers family.
News of the fire at the cathedral — and the accompanying images — have sparked an outpouring of sympathy and mourning from all around the world, including from world leaders. Former United States President Barack Obama tweeted yesterday:
“Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost — but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.”
Recently, the cryptocurrency sector has made a foray into the charity space. Notably, United States-based processor BitPay and the non-profit Wikipedia Foundation (which operates the open source encyclopedia Wikipedia) partnered to accept donations made in cryptocurrency. Similarly, in December Dublin-based startup Aid:Tech partnered with the Irish Red Cross to leverage blockchain technology in a new app that increases transparency for charitable donations — a clear use case for the trustless capabilities of blockchain.