A powerful earthquake jolted China's Sichuan province Saturday near where a devastating quake struck five years ago, killing at least 70 people and leaving more than 2,000 hurt, prompting worries the death toll will climb.
USAToday: Earthquake in China leaves 113 dead, 2,600 injured (updating):
FoxNews: More than 100 dead after earthquake strikes China's Sichuan region
I'm an early user of Bitcoin (since 2011, not that early...), and I have been supporting bitcoin culture openly in China from the very beginning.
My blog is lixiaolai.com, (older archive was moved to wordpress.lixiaolai.com). Here's my first post on Bitcoin in May, 23, 2011:
此物一出天下反 （it was born to subvert）http://wordpress.lixiaolai.com/archives/10589.html
I'm calling for a BTC donation to help lushan earthquake refugees ...
I have a good public reputation in China online community, since I'm a famous teacher, and a writer of several popular books, and financially independent.
This is a btc receiving address (a new wallet created):
anyone can see donation records here: http://blockchain.info/fb/15ehgb
Please Donate To Bitcoin Address: [[address]]
Donation of [[value]] BTC Received. Thank You.
... and after going back to beijing (I'm on a short trip in Nanjing) tomorrow night, I'll launch a website for donation as soon as possible, and keep every expense updated online.
Thank you all, I'll keep you posted.
Any suggestion? please help me!
for Chinese BTC users: Do NOT buy BTC from any exchange center in China, since the price is relatively high. If you don't have any BTC, please donate money through other means.
Thanks franky1, I hereby promise that all funds will get spent at the area, and no fund will be spent on plane tickets, hotel rooms, care hire etc...
now confirmed, the first donation is 0.841342 BTC, from one of my friends.
[s]first donation from unknown received: 0.035BTC
Date: 13-4-20 20:37
To: 15EhGBC8JBBVDKQ9yp1AqCb1xnzQLk6QHX (own address, label: lushan-btc-donation)
Credit: 0.035 BTC
Net amount: +0.035 BTC
Transaction ID: 6277ff138f181c8c5272b439f5d699fdbf9caf4120075bd03d81753f69988224[/quote][/s]
Since China is of a country with restrict financial regulation (it is not allowed to sell/exchange "virtual currency" into RMB without specific license), I originally planned use my own RMB deposit.
However, one of my friend proposed a workaround:
[quote]you can organize a charity auction...[/quote]
and instantly, another friend proposed that he could forge 3D printed "coins" as auction targets...
It seems a nice solution, since by such a manner, the donation could be amplified...
any more suggestions?
63 donations, 20.15481305 BTC in Total.
This is the first time I organize a charity donation.
I hereby promise that all funds will be spent on rehabilitation of lushan.
No fund will be spent on alleged charity management, such as travelling tickets, hotel rooms, etc. I’ll personally cover such costs.
I will not spend any fund directly, since I’m not a professional in such an area. I’ll find a professional and trustable individual or organization (NOT including Red Cross of China), and have them take over the fund spending.
Private charity donation is not as simple and easy as imagined in China. Please keep patient.
The reasons why I chose Bitcoin as donation currency is:
Bitcoin is ideal for international donation, since bitcoin transactions is faster, and less troublesome than that of any “real currency”.
I’ll further organize private/public auction meetings with physically 3D printed BITCOIN (tokens of remembrance) as auction targets, by which we could amplify the amount of funds.
In case the auction is not successful, I’ll use my personal RMB deposit to cash the funds out.
I hereby promise the exchange rate of BTC from donation is set to the highest price (MtGox USD) within the period of donation.
As of this editing time, 22.92700228 BTC received, 71 transactions of donations. THANK YOU ALL.
85 donations, 24.17135348 BTC