This Sunday, May 22, will not be another date for the bitcoiner community, since a new anniversary of the first purchase paid with bitcoin (BTC) in history is commemorated. For the occasion, the non-governmental organization Bitcoin Argentina is preparing a day of solidarity with local companies.
The event will take place throughout the day on Sunday. and it will consist of the donation of funds from three companies in the world of cryptocurrencies, such as the brokers Belo, Buenbit and Lemon, to the charity Fundación Sí. The food delivery application OrdersYa is also part of the initiative.
The common fund to be donated does not depend on the total sale of pizzas, but will come directly from the participating companies. In addition, to link the charity day with pizza, the first well paid with bitcoin, there will be an extra benefit for consumers. Paying for a pizza order with Belo, Buenbit or Lemon prepaid cards through OrdersYa, the shipment of the order has no cost in all cities of Argentina where the app works.
The premise of each May 22 is to commemorate the first purchase with bitcoin throughout the history of cryptocurrency. In 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz, a developer and BTC miner at his own home, paid 10,000 BTC in exchange for two family pizzas delivered to his home in Florida, USA. At that time, his payment was equivalent to USD 40; Currently, that sum would mean disbursing USD 297 million, according to the CriptoNoticias price index.
“For several years we have been celebrating this historic date for Bitcoin with solidarity actions that seek to help society and make known all the opportunities that this technology brings, both for people and for organizations. This year, Bitcoin Pizza Day 2022 proposes (…) to also give visibility to the possible uses that cryptocurrencies have in daily life”.
—Jimena Vallone, Coordinator of Institutional Development of NGO Bitcoin Argentina—.
This is the fourth edition of Bitcoin Pizza Day for solidarity purposes that the NGO Bitcoin Argentina carries out in the country. In 2021, as CriptoNoticias reported, it had collaborated with other companies in the gastronomic field to collect donations for community kitchens.
The social work of Fundación Sí in Argentina
Fundación Sí, the beneficiary of this event, is an organization that collaborates with the most vulnerable sectors through educational, training, cultural and community projects.
One of his best-known projects are the night tours that take place in different cities such as the Federal Capital, Rosario, La Plata, Córdoba, Posadas, Tucumán and Mar del Plata, among others. Every night of the year, hundreds of volunteers bring warm food and shelter in the winter, or soft drinks in the summer, to donate to homeless people.
Also, after that first approach, Fundación Sí is in charge of providing them with other tools for their social, work or school reintegration. For those who need it, health, psychology and addiction treatment services are also made available.
Other events of this year’s Bitcoin Pizza Day
In addition to Argentina, other countries will also celebrate Bitcoin Pizza Daya world day that brings together various participants from the bitcoiner ecosystem to celebrate the beginning of a new financial and monetary system.
In the Czech Republic, for example, the Pizza Day Conference will be heldwith top-level speakers reviewing the history of the cryptocurrency devised by Satoshi Nakamoto, as well as what to expect from it in the future. In this case, it is also a non-profit organization that organizes, Paralelní Polis.
Likewise, various companies in the cryptocurrency sector carried out commemorative actions during the week and will continue to do so until Sunday, the day of the celebration.
As you can see, the first bitcoin purchase in history is remembered and celebrated throughout the world. Although today it would be ridiculous to pay such an amount for two pizzas (or for any reasonable amount of this traditional Italian food), Laszlo Hanyecz went down in history as one of the pioneers of the use of bitcoin in everyday life.