Our fundraising campaign was chosen to benefit from a joint action of Betterplace and the German charity stream Friendly Fire today. Friendly Fire is an association of German-speaking YouTubers and Streamers, who will go live for charitable purposes on Twitch today from 6 pm. With them are Gronkhh, MikkelMachts, Pandorya, royalphunk and many more. Besides the joy about the appreciation, we were asked technical question(s). “What is Twitch?”, “What can a charity stream do?” “And who are all these people?” So we did what we always do, shimmyed along what we know, to ride the wave from there. It turns out that personal contacts already exist between at least three of the twelve beneficiary groups and initiatives. And that is when we realized:
Together we are stronger.
We are in the midst of one of the biggest crises we have ever faced as societies. The long-term consequences of the pandemic are not yet all foreseeable, but already now each of us is feeling the far-reaching effects such as the restrictions on our fundamental rights and well-being. We all know that something will change – something must change. With solidarity and cohesion, we can take the crisis as an opportunity to reflect on what kind of world we live and want to live in.
Right now we must not forget those who are unable to sit out the pandemic at home and protect their lives and those of their loved ones, who simply cannot do physical distancing and hand washing. Fugitives, people in crisis areas, people without homes or access to adequate running water and sanitation, people affected by domestic violence, the mentally ill, people with little or no income and people without papers. They are all hardest hit by the effects of the pandemic. Our mission can only be to find common solutions and to take responsibility for all.
As initiatives we have been working collectively and across borders for years to make the world a better place for everyone. Even though the current crisis presents us with considerable challenges, it is especially important now not to retreat and wait and see, but to continue to fight together and in solidarity for a fairer world. Because things simply cannot go on as they are. The capitalist economic system will not solve the virus crisis by itself, nor, by the way, the housing crisis, the climate crisis and the human rights crisis, and it is time to learn from these mistakes. That’s why it depends on every single one of us.
Through your support and commitment, we can continue to work with boundless solidarity with those who otherwise cannot make themselves heard. #FriendlyDistancing means for us to take care of each other right now, to learn from each other and to be there for each other and to change our society sustainably today and in the future. With your help and with you we can do this. Because together we are stronger.
We thank you for your time, your hearing, your commitment and your donations! We would also like to thank the team of #Friendly Distancing and betterplace.org for the great action! We also thank the other 9 supported organisations for their work! Namely: Full bowls during the Corona crisis, Corona Nothilfe weltweit | Aktion Deutschland Hilft, Corona Soforthilfe für Homeless/Wohnungslose – Leipzig, bicycles for pandemic preparedness, JugendNotmail – online counselling for young people in mental distress, maintaining the existence of the parental home for children with cancer, Corona Nothilfe für Bedürftige in Berlin #GemeinamHoffnungSpenden, street donations for homeless people during Corona, food packages for the Ark children and their families.
We would like to express our sincere condolences to all those who have lost a person to the pandemic and hope that you find strength in these difficult times.