Softgiving helps Fifa streamer Castro increase funds for COVID-19 Reduction
The donation platform Softgiving is used to collect donations that support Direct Relief, GlobalGiving and No Kid Hungry in the fight against COVID-19
Praised FIFA Streamer Edwin “Castro” Castro raised more than $ 200,000 / GBP16140 in a 28-hour online charity stream for three charities Softgiving. The event, titled # FkCovid19, took place last week and included a donation from Castro itself of $ 100,000 / GBP 80,616. Softgiving provided the donation platform on which the donations were collected. These supported Direct Relief, GlobalGiving and No Kid Hungry in the fight against COVID-19 and in the subsequent recovery.
"I wanted to use my platform and our community for something positive." Castro said, "So many people who watch my stream that I see in my chat every day have told me that they are affected. I wanted to show that no matter how difficult times can be when we all get together, we can overcome negativity and fear that this situation will cause it. “Over 5,300 individual donors contributed to the campaign.
Castro continued: “It is an easy task for me to sacrifice 28 hours of my time to raise over $ 200,000 / £ 161,240. The amount of meals, equipment, and medical aid that can be donated to save lives motivates me. "
Castro ran the campaign on the Softgiving fundraising platform, which also provided a $ 5,000 / £ 4,031 donation.
"I can't stress how great it was for Softgiving to create this campaign for me on such a short notice. Setting up and linking the page to my stream was easy and the website made donating easy," Castro added.
"Castro is an accomplished and loved streamer in his community, but he also has a heart of gold," said Matt Pfaltzgraf, founder and CEO of Softgiving. “We all want to do our part to help in every possible way. We all at Softgiving are very happy that we can offer our services free of charge to anyone who hops online and wants to run their own fundraiser. We hope that many people will be inspired to follow Castro's leadership. "
"Direct Relief is extremely grateful for the generous support from Castro and his community. This support will immediately be used to protect frontline nurses and doctors by providing them with the necessary protective equipment," said Direct Relief Vice President of Communications Tony Morain. "This is an example of humanity at its best, and that is exactly what is needed at this moment when we are all facing this historic challenge."
“We were very happy to receive such an unexpected and generous donation from Castro and his community. These funds will help us provide nutritious food to vulnerable children during this crisis and we will support them in the recovery phase, ”said Carla Warner, Deputy Director of Revenue Innovation at No Kid Hungry. "It was amazing to see how diverse the live stream community supports our work."