Flow Hive inventors donate $97,300 to help Vanuatu
NOT only has the locally-developed Flow Hive made record-breaking crowdfunding success, the team behind the invention has raised $97,300 - the largest single donation Oxfam Australia has yet received for this effort - to assist their emergency efforts in Vanuatu.
On Wednesday, March 25, The Channon's Flow Hive co-inventors, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, launched an online raffle of the world's first Premium Flow Hive to be sent to a lucky winner before even the first Indiegogo Early Bird order is shipped, hoping to raise $20,000 to help the people of Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam.
However, such is the phenomenal global interest in the Andersons' revolutionary bee hive that less than 12 hours later, funds had exceeded $50,000.
By the time the raffle closed at midnight, March 28, sales of $5 tickets had reached a whopping $97,300 - with every cent going to Oxfam's efforts in Vanuatu as the country rebuilds in the wake of the destructive cyclone.
Father-son duo Stuart and Cedar Anderson were absolutely delighted by the result.
"For me this has been even more exciting than the Indiegogo campaign," Stuart said.
"It's so heartening to feel people's generosity and care."
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Cedar said they were so pleased to have been able to raise this money to help the people of Vanuatu get back on their feet.
Oxfam Australia Executive Director Dr Helen Szoke described the result as a great example of the Australian spirit of stepping up when your neighbours are down.
"The incredible response to the Flow Hive raffle will make for the single largest donation to Oxfam's Cyclone Pam Vanuatu Appeal," she said.
"The money that Flow has raised will go to providing immediate relief to people in the aftermath of Cylone Pam and helping them to recover and rebuild."