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Dear Bitpanda community, over the past few days we’ve been watching in horror the terrible play of events following Russia’s military invasion in Ukraine. One week ago, war in Europe seemed a distant thing of the past. Today, it’s our new reality. Doing nothing is not an option. In the face of atrocities, being human is everything we have left. So here’s our response to the war in Ukraine and how we plan to contribute to providing humanitarian relief to people affected by the war.
We share the fundamental belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We’re so much stronger together and now it’s time to leverage the power of the amazing Bitpanda community. This is why we’re setting up the Bitpanda Emergency Response Fund, a crowdfunding platform that allows our community to contribute the crypto assets of their choice to causes that provide humanitarian support to people affected by the war.
The initial beneficiaries of the Bitpanda Emergency Response Fund are two organisations whose missions highly resonate with all of us:
Save the Children - Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund that provides life-saving aid to children and their families in Ukraine and neighbouring countries in need of water, shelter and food;
Doctors Without Borders - Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) that provides emergency response activities in Ukraine and at the border.
We recognise there are many causes worth supporting; therefore, we will continue to add new organisations, as referred by our team and our 3 million+ community.
Our philosophy is that any asset should be used for anything, anytime. This is why anyone in the Bitpanda community is now able to donate the crypto assets of their choice by sending them to email@example.com. We will convert all these crypto assets into euros without any fees and donate them to the selected organisations.
We will kickstart the donations with a EUR 100,000 contribution on behalf of Bitpanda, and we then match every donation up to EUR 500,000 in total. On top of that, as founders, each of us will individually contribute a personal donation of EUR 50,000. Find out more here.
If you want to donate to the Ukrainian government directly, they are now accepting cryptocurrency donations. Our Product team went above and beyond to make sure that donations can be made smoothly, straight from your Bitpanda account. You can use the wallet addresses below to support directly:
This abominable war has shown us an ugly side of humankind. But it has also shown that there’s so much goodness and solidarity in the face of atrocity. We are personally humbled and amazed by how many people in our team are willing to volunteer and bring a meaningful contribution to those in need.
This is the true Panda spirit and we couldn’t be more proud of our people. We are supporting their individual initiatives and ideas by establishing the Bitpanda Emergency Response Team, offering full leadership support, as well as paid time off for our people who want to contribute by volunteering for organisations that support humanitarian causes or emergency response authorities.
In light of the current events, we want to place a strong emphasis on ensuring that our team members are prioritising their mental health and wellbeing. The invasion of Ukraine has impacted everyone — no matter where we’re located or where we come from. We want our people to know that they’re not alone and it’s normal to be stressed or anxious in these unsettling times. We are now offering free and anonymous mental health support with certified psychologists to the entire Bitpanda team.
In these difficult times, we are also deeply concerned about the wellbeing of our Russian colleagues. They are incredibly talented people that have done nothing wrong, are in utter shock and are equally horrified about what is happening. This is not their fault. We, at Bitpanda, have a zero tolerance policy for xenophobia and xenophobic discourse. We stand strong, together, irrespective of where we come from. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people that are affected by this unnecessary and unwanted war: the Ukrainian people AND the Russian people who do not support this war and who are collateral victims of the atrocities committed by their government.
Despite all the things happening, we have deep faith in humanity. War is never a solution and should never be an option. We hope that we can all find the strength to be there for each other and support the people that are affected by these terrible events. Here’s to hope that there will be more peaceful times ahead.
Eric, Paul & Christian
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Bitpanda GmbH ve grup şirketleri (Bitpanda) Türk Parasının Kıymetini’nin Korunması Hakkında 32 sayılı Karar’ın 2/b maddesine göre Türkiye’de yerleşik sayılan hiçbir kişiye yönelik olarak 6362 sayılı Sermaye Piyasası Kanunu başta olmak üzere Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devleti mevzuatı hükümleri gereği Türkiye’de faaliyet izni gerektiren hiçbir sermaye piyasası faaliyetine dair hizmet sunmamaktadır. Şayet Bitpanda’nın yabancı sermaye piyasalarında vermiş olduğu hizmetlerden Türkiye’de yerleşik kişilerin faydalandığı tespit edilecek olursa tüm zararları kullanıcıya ait olmak üzere bu hizmetler ivedilikle sona erdirilecektir.
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