The orchestra of the Ukrainian band Kallush, which won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, managed to raise $ 900,000 for the Ukrainian army after bidding for the trophy on a crypto exchange.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is in its fourth month and has claimed thousands of lives, and such contributions from its people are what make Ukraine stronger.
The trophy, which was a glass microphone, was auctioned off on Facebook and brought in $ 1.2 million from the highest paid bidder, Whitebit, which is a cryptocurrency exchange.
“You’re wonderful, boys!” Kalush Orchestra wrote on Facebook after the sale. “We appreciate each and every one of you who donated to this auction, and we especially thank the team. [of cryptocurrency exchange platform] Whitebit who bought the trophy for $ 900,000 and are now the rightful owners of our trophy. ”
Kalush Orchestra sold the Eurovision 2022 crystal microphone for $ 900,000. The money will be used for the needs of the Ukrainian army. pic.twitter.com/4dqyjZGgjF
- Iuliia Mendel (@IuliiaMendel) May 29, 2022
Whitebit also received the NFT (Non-Fungible Token) of the Eurovision winner’s Crystal Microphone trophy.
Using the money raised
Kalush Orchestra lead singer Oleh Psuik previously announced on Instagram that the money raised from the crystal microphone auction will be used to buy three PD-2 drone systems developed in Ukraine.
The trophy auction coincides with the arrival of the Kalush Orchestra at a charity concert at the Granedburg Gate in Berlin. The concert was arranged to raise money for the medical needs of Ukrainian citizens, especially in the east.
“Well, important information.” Our auction has become so big. There are hundreds of people who offer to help with distribution, donations and organization issues! Ukrainians are cool. ). ” “The flow will start at 19:00 on all Kalush and Prytula platforms. Let us know ❤️ if you want to win! #StefaniaForUkraine ”is what informed the post on Instagram.
According to reports, Oleh even raised another $ 370,000 by selling the signature pink bucket hat he wore while singing at the competition. A random person was selected during the auction and a citizen of the Czech Republic received the famous pink hat.
🚨 Sold! The #Eurovision The 2022 winner’s trophy was $ 900,000.
🇺🇦 Kalush Orchestra donates all funds to support the Ukrainian army. pic.twitter.com/6e6AxXuUsj
- wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) May 29, 2022
In total, the band managed to raise a total of $ 1.2 million to help their country in such painful times. Proceeds from the auction will be directed to the charity of the Ukrainian television personality Serhiy Prytula, who is one of the people who took responsibility for procuring aid and military equipment for Ukraine.
Prytula said at the end of the auction that the Eurovision trophy “brought to Ukraine by the band Kalush … now becomes the property of the crypto community”.
The band won Eurovision even after Italian police claimed that there had been a series of cyber attacks against them by Russian hacker groups.
The band that won Eurovision this year with the song “Stefani” has a wave of public support in their way, as the conflict in their country of origin persists and they decide to contribute in their own way.