The NFT “Belugies” project, based on Solarium, raised more than USD $ 1 million. 20% of the funds have been earmarked for beluga whale conservation, ocean care and a children’s foundation.
There are more and more stories of young people rushing to enter the space of non-fungible tokens (NFT), a trend that some are taking advantage of to raise funds for environmental conservation and other charitable causes.
Abigail, a 14-year-old teenager, is the protagonist of the most recent youth success story in the NFT world. Also known under the pseudonym “PeachSunday” In the realm of digital art, Abigail created and sold her own collection of tokens in short supply with the goal of donating a portion of the proceeds to beluga whale conservation efforts and a children’s hospital program.
His project, “Belugies“, Is made up of 8,000 cute beluga designs made by hand by Abigail and tokenized on the blockchain Solarium. By launch day earlier this month, its digital whales were massively successful with more than $ 1 million in profits. She has now donated portions of the funds to three charities.
I do not know where to start. We just sold all the belugies. And I am so thankful to everyone for buying and believing in my belugies! I can’t express myself… I’m so happy. I hope other young people can be inspired by this as well.
WE DID IT !!!! pic.twitter.com/QWEcRJnzaw
– Belugies (@belugiesNFT) October 17, 2021
Abigail tokenizes belugas in Solana
In an interview with CoinDesk, the high school freshman said he had known about cryptocurrencies when he was 9 years old, after his older brother told him about it during a bike ride. The young woman chose to venture into the world of NFTs this year, with the help of her brother, Adam (25 years old), who has been a crypto fan since 2016.
Adam and his girlfriend Briana, Abigail’s sister-in-law, helped with the more technical aspects of the project, according to what he himself told the aforementioned medium. The brothers preferred to keep their surname anonymous.
When we started out, we really didn’t think it would work. I said to my sister, ‘Hey, if it doesn’t work, at least we try, at least we have fun. That’s all that matters.
The inspiration of “Belugies“On the other hand, it grew out of Abigail’s fascination with animals, marine life, and in particular belugas, an endangered species of cetaceans. The young woman told the media that had fallen in love with belugas after seeing them in a Georgia aquarium, near where he grew up. She also said that the idea of the project was to raise awareness about the spice and the conservation of the oceans while generating some money for the cause.
The collectibles series can be found on Solana’s NFT decentralized marketplace, Solanart. The lowest price per piece is 0.32 SOL, around USD $ 64 at press time, although the prices of each token can rise above 60 SOL (USD $ 12,000). According to data from Solanart, over 200 users have adopted Abigail’s adorable NFT designs.
Saving the oceans with NFT
The success of his NFT initiative has allowed him to donate a sum of $ 100,000 to beluga conservation efforts.
The young artist donated USD $ 50,000 to the Beluga Whale Alliance, an Alaska-based organization that advocates for caring for, educating and researching belugas and their natural habitat. The other half was given to Ocean Defenders Alliance, a group that works to eliminate the fishing nets and plastic that threaten the oceans.
In addition, he made a donation of USD $ 100,000 to Sunshine Kids, an organization that supports children’s hospital programs across the country. Abigail cited a personal connection to her local children’s hospital as the reason for the donation.
As a result, the teenager has now not only managed to fulfill her mission, but has also become a recognized figure within the community of Solarium. The co-founder of the platform Raj Gokal, publicized the project “Belugas”Through his Twitter account. “Abigail, you made my day. Let’s get 10,000 more children like you to start their artistic careers in Solana“, wrote.
In addition, the girl has also managed to visit her favorite whales. As reported CoinDesk, after learning about the donation, the Beluga Whale Alliance took Abigail, Adam and Briana to Alaska to see belugas up close in their natural habitat.
Hannah Estefanía Pérez’s version / DailyBitcoin
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