Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian band that won Eurovision after sweeping the phone-in popular vote, put its trophy and the pink bucket hat worn by its lead singer during the contest up for auction, and the items netted more than $1.2 million.
- WhiteBIT, a cryptocurrency exchange platform originally from Ukraine, secured the trophy on Sunday for $900,000 following competing bids in the last minutes of the auction from businessmen from Kalush — the Ukrainian city Mr. Psiuk is from — and a charity fund from Washington.
- The money is going to the Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation, an organization founded by a Ukrainian TV presenter, and will be used to buy three drones that the army can use for surveillance.
“It’s a big amount, but we understand that the aim is much bigger,” said Margarita Populan, a spokeswoman at WhiteBIT, adding that her company had worked to provide and coordinate support for Ukraine since the beginning of the war.
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- Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.
- MacPaw Development Fund
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.