COLLECTED MEMORIES 015 - FREEDOM - Charity NFT Auction for Mekong Club. 29th Nov 2022.
'COLLECTED MEMORIES 015 - FREEDOM (Minted 2022) 10 UNIQUE EDITIONS AVAILABLE NFT ARTWORK CREATED FOR THE MEKONG CLUB - A CHARITY ORGANISATION THAT AIMS TO INCREASE AWARENESS AND COMBAT MODERN DAY SLAVERY. VOLUNTEER ARTISTS WERE ASKED TO CREATE ART THAT DEPICTS 'A WORLD WITHOUT SLAVERY' EDITION 1 (GOLD EDITION) NFT & 140CM WIDE PRINT - STARTING BID 10,000 ADA (CARDANO) EDITION 2-10 (STANDARD EDITION) - STARTING BID 5,000 ADA (CARDANO) AUCTION DETAILS HERE
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About the Fundraiser and Mekong Club
The Mekong Club, a nonprofit organisation that works with the private sector to address modern slavery and related crimes, such as human trafficking and forced labour, has partnered with NMKR to launch Hong Kong’s first nonprofit-ran NFT fundraiser as part of its 10-year anniversary celebration.
The Mekong Club’s NFT fundraiser aims to raise global awareness on the issue of modern slavery through digital art. It will also reflect the Club’s vision of a slave-free world whereby businesses collectively redefine how to approach social sustainability.
Volunteer designers from different cultural backgrounds have come together in an information session hosted by The Mekong Club’s CEO, Matt Friedman. Matt has provided a creative brief on how modern slavery is impacting the world. Designers are asked to articulate through NFTs how they think the world would look if there was no slavery. The NFTs will be showcased and available for auction on 29 November for #CryptoGivingTuesday, a global crypto fundraising campaign for nonprofits.
Alongside the NFT awareness-building and fundraising efforts, The Mekong Club is also preparing for its annual Sweatshop Challenge, where corporate representatives get a taste of what it is like to experience a sweatshop situation. Participants are challenged to spend four consecutive hours engaging in a repetitive action – putting nuts on bolts and taking them off. They will do this without food, water, or a break. If they do not perform fast enough, the organisers will scold them. This activity aims to help participants get a glimpse of what slavery would feel like 365 days a year. Through this event, The Mekong Club aims to raise broader awareness among attendees and encourage them to share their experiences online with the hashtag #SweatshopChallenge.
Matt Friedman, CEO of The Mekong Club, said: “To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, we want to recognize all the hard work of nonprofits and the United Nations working in the anti-trafficking field. Unfortunately, among all the nonprofits globally working on this issue and the United Nations combined, less than a quarter of one percent of the profits generated from criminal activity are being used to combat modern slavery. We hope that through this year’s fundraising activities, we can create a global awareness of the issue so we can collectively put an end to modern slavery.” As such, the club embraced emerging technology and launched the first-ever NFT fundraiser on Cardano Network in collaboration with NMKR, a leading brand developing blockchain-related tools for businesses, artists, developers, and self-starters. Three generous NFT artists are providing digital art and donating funds raised. IMPACTFUL FUNDS Mekong Club intends to use all net proceeds from this NFT fundraiser to support educating people about human trafficking around the world. The Club will use the funds to share and provide resources to the private sector to detect and prevent crime to stay ahead of criminals. The money we have raised over the years is no longer sufficient to expand and scale their work. The funds raised will help us reach more companies to prevent, identify and help victims of human trafficking.
IMPACT PROJECTS Through one of their projects, they have interviewed over 100,000 workers across factories in Asia to understand their working conditions. We found cases of forced pregnancy testing, workers without employment contracts, and workers who did not have access to clean drinking water. Together, they worked to help those workers and build sustainable solutions to help ensure the problems were fixed and the workers could thrive. COLLECTED MEMORIES 015 - FREEDOM (EDITION 2)
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About Derry Ainsworth
Hong Kong-based British artist Derry Ainsworth (b.1991) is a celebrated multidisciplinary artist famed for his unique perspective of Asian culture, Ainsworth's new digital art series Collected Memories has received world recognition by institutions and art collectors internationally.